If NMMC sources are to be believed, “The proposal for Smart City which is coming up before the general body is to apprise the members of the developments that have taken place post rejection of the proposal by the NMMC and details of proposal which was sent to the central government.”
The official added, “The administration is trying to iron out all the concerns when the proposal is tabled before the general body. The proposal was ready but since the code of conduct was general body was not held.”
A source had said that, “A middle path was being worked out after former minister Ganesh Naik, municipal commissioner DT Waghmare and a select NCP corporators held a meeting a few days back to discuss the issue.”
During election campaigning for Nerul’s ward No 88, Naik had said he was not opposed to the Smart City but to the certain provisions contained in the proposal. “If the restrictive provisions are removed and rights of corporators and autonomy of civic body is assured then we are not opposed to Smart City proposal,” Naik had said.
The NCP had opposed formation of special purpose vehicle (SPV) for Smart City project, saying, it was an attack on the autonomy and independence of local self-government bodies and scrapped the project.
The Smart City proposal will be tabled before the general body meeting scheduled to be held on January 20. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which is the ruling party in the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), has rejected the proposal claiming that it was an attack on the autonomy of local self-government bodies.
However, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had intervened in the matter and the administration had sent the proposal to the central government.