hande-patilThe closure of the Koperkhairane dumping ground and hi-tech STP plant, NCP corporator Devidas Hande Patil has got a boost in his ward no. 36. But what is the citizens’ opinion on the performance of their corporator? Monika Bhosale finds out in our series “Your ward, Your Corporator”. The most burning problem of Koperkhairane was the dumping ground that spelt the biggest menace for locals. The local corporator Devidas Hande Patil often came in the firing line of residents and subsequently he took up the matter with NMMC continuously. That’s the reason for today when the dumping ground has been closed and converted into a garden with beautiful landscape; residents give their local corporator Hande Patil credit for it. Not just this landscape, but the other two gardens in his ward falling in sectors of 22, 23 14 of Koperkhairane too are very well maintained, unlike gardens in several other wards. Pavements, condition of footpaths, open gutters and roads are always factors that residents complain about but in this ward it surprisingly is another winning factor here. After this, getting residents review on their corporator’s performance, we met Devidas Hande Patil who shared with us the work he has being able to accomplish and those that he has planned in his ward. He speaks on the closure of the dumping ground and other civic in his ward with satisfaction. Even the Senior Citizens home built in the garden is better than the ones built in most other wards in the city. When traffic menace had gone to its peak at D Mart junction, that also falls in Hande Patil’s ward, he had gone to court against parking violations in D Mart and ensured that action was taken against the shop. Even the beautification that now one witnesses from R F Naik School to Blue Diamond Hotel junction was initiated by Hande Patel. Hande Patil says that the Mother Child Hospital in his ward was in poor conditions but due to the joint efforts of MLA Sandeep Naik and his follow up, today the hospital has been renovated. Another plan that Hande Patil has in his was developing the playground in his ward. A rather sensitive issue of Hande Patil’s ward was the allotment of a burial ground to a sect of Muslim community. Today the Muslim trust has been allotted a burial ground in the ward. Often in wards adjoining creek area, it is seen that corporators for their vote bank, shelter encroachments and illegal slum settlements. Vashi village is an example of this. But despite this ward too being adjoining the vast creek and CRZ area, the corporator has ensured that there are no encroachments here. Devidas Hande Patil’s biggest challenge when he was elected corporator, residents living in Akash Ganga – that are CIDCO condominiums had voted for him so that their corporator could provide them relief from living in dilapidated CIDCO Homes. Due to his persistent follow up, CIDCO sanctioned Rs. 2.5 Crores for its repairs. Now, residents of Siddhivinayak and the chawls of the ward too want justice. Hande Patil informed that MLA Sandeep Naik has recently paid visit to his ward and assured residents that CIDCO apartments and chawls will be redeveloped post municipal elections. Looking at the work done by Hande Patil is five years of his corporator-ship, it doesn’t come as any surprise that the residents of his wards have given him thumbs up in his progress card. Some residents shared with us that Hande Patil went beyond the calls of his duty as a corporator to stand by them in times of need. Most of the problems in Devidas Hande Patil are similar to problems in other wards but while corporators of other wards like Usha Bhoir and Dr. Nath often toss responsibility of public work on administration to cover up their failure, Devidas Hande Patil has set a progressive example in his performance report card. What makes government functioning easily comprehendible for Hande Patil is that has a degree in Political Science. Voters across Navi Mumbai should take a cue from this ward and understand the need to vote educated candidates as their corporators in NMMC Elections 2010 for the welfare of their own wards. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.

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