The tussle between the corporators and NMMC Chief Tukaram Mundhe is beginning to hurt the city. Several resolutions proposed by the administration continue to be blocked by the general body of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC).
While there are several policy related proposal, there are several civic work related approvals that directly matter to the residents.
Around 20 proposals worth Rs70 crore are pending with the general body for the past four months. While most have simply not been taken up for discussion, others have either been stayed or returned to the administration. NMMC Chief Tukaram Mundhe said, “We have submitted them to the general body and it should decide on them. The proposals are in the interest of the city and delays are certainly affecting development.”
Sixteen of the projects worth more than Rs47 crore relate to the walkability plan that NMMC plans to implement across the city in the next financial year. The plan envisages providing obstruction free roads and footpaths for the city. While presenting the budget, Mundhe had said that the aim is to provide barrier-free walk for long distances. “Foothpaths will be repaired and ramps will be constructed. Electric poles, feeder pillars and MTNL boxes will be shifted.”
NMMC sources inform that the plan is being obstructed by the corporators who do not seem to want Mundhe to go ahead with his projects. “That the residents are being denied quality civic services, doesn’t seem to matter. He said, “There is also an issue of the integrated plan being implemented by the civic body which will prevent the corporators from taking up the projects individually. They will be left to take up smaller projects in their areas.”
“Though the mayor has in recent times taken the resolutions on the agenda, there does not seem to be much change in the mindset,” said the political observer.
“They are either criticised, stayed, rejected or simply not discussed like the walkability proposal.” Denying that the residents are affected, NMMC Mayor Sudhakar Sonawane said, “I am taking up the resolution but they can be approved only on merit.”