Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik continues to lash out at the NMMC administration. Looking in no mood to tolerate the fact that others are taking credit for the decisions being taken by the ruling NCP party in NMMC, the Minister also seemed to be utterly bugged with Commissioner Vijay Nahata for not giving Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik due credit for the policy decisions in NMMC including slash in water rates and even policy decisions for municipal education. Monika Bhosale reports. This is Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik mincing no words to lash out NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata for misguiding the public of Navi Mumbai on who was behind the decision of Rs. 50 per 30, 000 litres of water. The Minister lost his cool after he was found out that the Commissioner had given interviews saying that they took the historical decision of slashing water rates as it was the demand of the citizens. Ganesh Naik publicly corrected the Commissioner stating that it was his decision to slash water rates. It may be recalled that NMMC took the decision of supplying 30, 000 liters of water per household for only Rs. 50 at a time when neighboring cities Mumbai and Thane are reeling under severe water crisis and residents are paying high water rates. And the Minister did not come down heavily on the Commissioner Vijay Nahata on one occasion but two public events. The second time round, he referred to the policy decision steered by him where in NMMC will soon make education upto degree courses free for poor students. He said that, they are the ruling party in NMMC and hence only they should get credit for these policy decisions. He called on NMMC PRO Mahendra Konde who was present for the event to inform the administration that they should refrain from lying to the citizens. Later speaking to NMTV News, a very aggressive Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik said that being the Chief of the ruling party in NMMC, he was behind the water proposal then there was no need for the Commissioner to hide this. Sources from NMMC administration confirm that it was indeed Ganesh Naik who had called for a meeting with NMMC to guide them on slashing water rates. However when Vijay Nahata did not give Ganesh Naik due credit for this, it irked the Minister. More so as municipal elections are round the corner and this decision is being viewed as an election gift to Navi Mumbaikars. With bureau inputs, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
February 5, 2017