The all important standing committee in the BMC will be headed by Ramesh Korgaonkar, who was elected unopposed since the Congress did not field any contestant for the role.
Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar who is the presiding officer for these elected roles, annouced that Korgaonkar had been elected as civic standing committee chairman.
The Shiv Sena, which had been toying with the idea of fielding Mangesh Satamkar, fielded Korgaonkar as its candidate at the last minute. Korgaonkar filed his nomination papers with municipal secretary Narayan Pathade on Friday. However, it was clear by the weekend that since the Congress had not fielded any candidate, Korgaonkar would be elected unopposed.
Korgaonkar has been elected as corporator from Bhandup's ward 104, and this is his fourth consecutive win from the ward. He has been a member of the standing committee for the last seven years.
Last year, Korgaonkar's name did the rounds while the party contemplated a new standing committee chairman. However, Yashodhar Phanse beat him to the job.
After taking over the reins, Korgaonkar said that the civic administration should focus on extensive tree plantation in the city to counter the growing menace of vehicular pollution. He also said that Mumbaikars are unhappy with the current water supply situation in the city and that the administration should look into the issue urgently.