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Shiv Sena seeks red beacon for mayors’ cars

Mayors of major cities should be allowed to use red beacon on their cars, key NDA ally Shiv Sena has demanded even as it has lauded the Centre’s plan for limiting such a privilege to only nine constitutional dignitaries.

According to media reports, the Transport Ministry is considering limiting the use of red beacons for vehicles of the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker and Chief Justice of India at the central level.

At the state level, governors, chief ministers, Assembly Speakers and chief justices of high courts are being considered for being part of the new list after Supreme Court in September 2013 spoke of limiting the rampant misuse of red beacon.

While Sena has welcomed the move, which it said will end the “struggle” among the political class for red beacon vehicles, which are looked upon as a “status symbol”, it is, however, insisting that mayors of cities such as Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata and those with “international repute” be incorporated in the list.

Following the SC order, the previous Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra had on April 4, 2014, prepared a list of 34 dignitaries who would be allowed to use red beacons on their vehicles. These included the Chief Minister, his deputy and Principal Secretary-level officers. The Mayor's post though was excluded.

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