condominium-2The Standing Committee members approved the work tenders of laying down sewerage lines within CIDCO built condominiums in NMMC’s jurisdiction. In all its probability, the initiative that began with former NMMC Commissioner Dr. Prem Singh Mina’s efforts might end during the tenure of NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata giving relief to thousands of tenements living in condominiums, reports NMTV Managing Editor Zeba Warsia. The race of ruling parties to woo voters seems to have started for the coming elections. This was evident at this week’s NMMC Standing Committee meet where members approved work within CIDCO condominiums that are reeling under miserable civic conditions. These condominiums were built by CIDCO nearly 3 decades ago and today the sewerage lines and water pipelines of these condominiums are broken and battered. However, since majority of the tenements owners hail from economically weaker sections, they could not bear the cost of changing the sewerage and water pipelines. Since, work inside condominiums did not come under NMMC’s purview, the civic body did not change the pipelines despite much pressure from tenements and corporators. The first initiative on humane grounds in this regards was taken by former Commissioner Prem Singh Mina. Later under former Commissioner Sunil Soni and first Mayor Sanjeev Naik and Congress leader Namdeo Bhagat the issue was persistently followed up. At that time the NMMC floated a policy that they would spend the funds for changing sewerage and water pipelines but tenements would pay the same in installments over a certain period of time. And NMMC did carry out work in some condominiums on this basis but Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik assured tenements that they would get the approval of getting work done within condominiums at the cost of NMMC. The continuous follow up of the matter by nodal corporators and Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik AND finally presenting the case of condominiums to Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh headed Urban Development Dept. by NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata brought relief to thousands of tenements living in condominiums. The Chief Minister VRD gave the go-ahead to NMMC to carry out work within condominiums at their cost. And the decision translated into action at this week’s Standing Committee Meet where members approved work within condominiums to the tune of Rs. 5 Crore 71 Lakhs 88 Thousands 592. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.

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