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Navi Mumbai in last effort seeks to be a part of the Smart City race

Navi Mumbai still has a chance to be a part of the Smart City race if the ruling party in the city is positive about it.

Civic chief Tukaram Mundhe, on Thursday, made a presentation before the high-powered committee in Mumbai in a last ditch effort to make the satellite city a part of the Smart City race.

With sanction of the general body meeting a precondition so that Navi Mumbai can make it to the Smart City list, Mundhe informed the high-powered committee to allow Navi Mumbai to stay in the race subject to approval from the general body meeting, which is scheduled to be held on July 13.

“The proposal for Smart City will be tabled before the general body on July 13 for clearance. If it is not passed, then Navi Mumbai will stand to lose over Rs750 crore funds,” said commissioner Mundhe.

He added, “As of now, we have asked the high-powered committee to allow us in the race, subject to an approval from the general body.”

Earlier, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which is the ruling party in the civic body, had rejected the proposal. The party claimed that it was an attack on the autonomy of the local self-government bodies.

However, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had intervened in the matter and the administration had sent the proposal to the Centre.

Pune and Solapur are the only two cities from Maharashtra that have made it to the Smart City list in first round.

Meanwhile, from sources from political circles are to be believed than NCP was ready to support the Smart City proposal if the restrictive provisions are removed and rights of corporators and autonomy of civic body is assured.

NCP had opposed formation of special purpose vehicle (SPV) for Smart City project, saying, it was an attack on autonomy and independence of local self government bodies.

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