Shiv Sena leader Kishori Pednekar, 56, was formally elected the city’s 77th Mayor on Friday morning. Pednekar is a three-time corporator from Lower Parel in South Mumbai.
Suhas Wadkar, also from the Sena, was elected deputy mayor of Mumbai.
Pednekar started her title as Mumbai’s new mayor with appeals to the people of Mumbai to save water and to municipal officials to focus on pothole-free roads.
She also urged Mumbai’ites to increase use of buses to reduce overcrowding on roads and reduce pollution.
“I understand that my top priorities as the Mayor of Mumbai are improving civic facilities for the city, and keeping the city safe and secure,” Kishori Pednekar said.
Pednekar had started out her courier as a nurse before she joined Shiv Sena women wing in 1992 and was sent to work in Raigad and Sindhudurg districts in Western Maharashtra.
Pednekar became a corporator in Mumbai in 2002 and was re-elected in 2012 and 2017. During her three terms, Pednekar has held key positions in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) including as a member of the standing committee that scrutinises the civic agency’s financial transactions.