Pawne Village is perhaps one of the worst wards of the city that has an endless list of civic grievances. The Pawne village has the distinction of representing the last Mayor of Navi Mumbai Manisha Bhoir. This village voted two women members of the Bhoir family to NMMC in the last municipal elections, but the failure of the sitting corporator Meenal Bhoir, might work in favor of NCP candidate in the ward Madhukar Mukadam. Pawne Village and nearby settlements at Mahape have been the stronghold of the Bhoir family. In the last municipal elections, voters of the region elected two women members of the Bhoir family to NMMC – one former Mayor Manisha Bhoir from Shramik Nagar and the other Meenal Bhoir, who was the NCP corporator but now has defected to the Congress. Locals have spoken about her failures as a corporator when they speak of their grievances. Locals had informed us the same in our telecast of “Your ward, Your corporator” in January this year. The first grievance that haunts the area according to the locals is pollution from chemical companies here. Air pollution has been adversely affecting the health of the locals. While this is the gravest issue, even minor civic work in the area are in a mess. For instance, the moment you enter the village one can see dirt and filth every where. Open gutters strewn with garbage have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and all sorts of diseases. Some locals made serious and shocking allegations that their corporator Meenal Bhoir’s husband Anil Bhoir takes NMMC contracts of the area. That time we had also met the local political leadership on the civic horrors that plagues Pawne. Shashikant Bhoir – former NCP corporator now defected to Congress and heads the political work of the Bhoir family outright refuted any nexus with chemical companies. Shashikant Bhoir is now contesting elections from this ward as the Congress candidate. Despite the claims of the public representatives of Pawne village, locals had voiced strong disappointment with their corporator’s performance. This failure of the sitting corporator might work in favor of NCP candidate from ward no 40 in Pawne Vllage, Madhukar Mukadam. The candidate’s campaigning has been gaining momentum by the day with Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik and MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik also visiting the ward. Dr. Sanjeev Naik voiced confidence that their candidate would win in Pawne village and said that whatever work has been done in the past also was due to the efforts of NCP. Another factor working against Shashikant Bhoir is that Shashikant Bhoir showed disloyalty to the NCP party, which gave his wife Manisha Bhoir the honour of becoming the Mayor of Navi Mumbai. Though the Chief Minister visited the ward, it gives very little boost at the last hour of campaigning to the Congress candidate Shashikant Bhoir. Bureau report – NMTV News.
September 25, 2008