Which rule prevents us from using red beacons, asks Mumbai mayor
Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar has apparently not used the red beacon since the central government passed a resolution on avoiding its usage. However, a red beacon still sits proudly on his new car, though covered with a black cloth.
The Mumbai regional transport office has issued a notice to an executive engineer of the transport department of the BMC to remove the red beacon from Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar's old and new cars.
Mahadeshwar, in response, said that he has never supported the VIP culture and has not used the red beacon since the central government passed a resolution on avoiding its usage.
However, a red beacon still sits proudly on his new car, though covered with a black cloth.
Mahadeshwar clarified saying that he wanted to use the red beacon: "Neither is this car mine, nor have I installed the beacon. This car belongs to the BMC and they have installed it".
Mahadeshwar, a teacher and a resident of Santacruz, says "Since I heard about the central governments resolution about the red beacons, I have stopped using it. You see the car, its beacon is covered with a black cloth".
But Mahadeshwar also went on to say that if someone shows him a rule stating mayors are not allowed to use the red beacon, then he will get it removed.
This is not the first time that the mayor's post and the red beacon have courted headlines. Since 2014, subsequent Shiv Sena mayors have said that a red beacon is part of their functioning and they should be allowed to use it.
In May this year, only emergency vehicles and officers on field duty have been allowed to use red beacons. However, even this notional end of VIP culture has not gone down well with the Mumbai mayor's office.