Even as the plans to float a housing society plot for press in Navi Mumbai was in the pipeline, the Navi Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh has got the Chief Minister’s nod for allotting ready CIDCO homes to journalists. There’s seems to be some very good news for the scribes of Navi Mumbai. In a close call, the Chief Minister just prior to the election of conduct has agreed to the request of the Navi Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh of resuming allotment of ready CIDCO homes to journalists at market rates. The policy of giving CIDCO homes to journalists was started when R C Sinha was the Managing Director of CIDCO. But down the line the policy got discontinued. Last year the hopes of journalists were revived when Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik met journalists to moot the idea of floating a housing society of journalists and getting a plot for CIDCO for making homes. But President of Navi Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh – Vikas Mahadik opines that since this is a long procedure, the policy of CIDCO to allot ready home to journalists should resume. Vikas Mahadik informed that he met both CIDCO MD and Chief Minister Ashok Chavan with their sangh’s appeal, following which the Chief Minister has ordered CIDCO to resume the ready homes policy for journalists. Vikas Mahadik says that since the flats will be allotted as per CIDCO’s policy, it will be transparent and in best interest of the journalists. There’s also a misconception among city journalists, that they will get free homes in the housing society scheme. Vikas Mahadik clarifies that that won’t be possible. Vikas Mahadik appeals that journalists of the city should take advantage of the Chief Minister’s approval of their appeal and unite to implement the procedure. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.
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