The NMMC General Body saw heated discussions by both the ruling and NCP while discussing the proposal of taking loan from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation. The recently held NMMC General Body approved the proposal for taking a Rs.1000 loan from the Housing ad Urban Development Corporation. However prior to the approval of the proposal, heated discussions were seen between the ruling and opposition. Sr. Congress corporator Namdeo Bhagat objected to having discussions on the proposal stating that since it was a significant proposal, discussions should be held in the presence of the NMMC Commissioner Bhaskar Wankhede. The Commissioner was absent for the meeting. Namdeo Bhagat’s objections were backed by Opposition Leader Manoj Haldankar. However the ruling party wanted discussions to be concluded on the significant proposal. Leader of the House Vitthal More said that even if the Municipal Commissioner was absent, his deputy was presiding the meeting and was the presiding Commissioner for the meeting. Besides, this Vithal More said that the NMMC was being given the loan as it had credibility in the market. The opposition was not in any mood to relent to the suggestions of the ruling that ended up with the house witnessing heated arguments between Vitthal More and Namdeo Bhagat. Even as Standing Committee Chairman Anant Sutar stood in support of his party colleague Vitthal More, NCP corporator Kishore Patkar had a different set of concerns all together. He raised questions on the loans taken previously by NMMC and how they were being repaid. Post the discussions and arguments, the ruling front approved the proposal to take the loan from HUDCO. Mayor Sagar Naik said that the proposal was for the development of the city and hence needed to be approved. There is no doubt that development funds are required so that the speed of welfare projects is not affected but it’s a fact that NMMC administration’s homework on execution of project is so ill coordinated and ill planned that every second day the same roads are being dug for one purpose or the other. Unless the corporators and officials do not get serious on studying civic projects and welfare work, most of the funds will go down the drain. Even as NMMC will become a debt-ridden corporation over the years. With cameraperson Mahesh Halwai, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
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