Chief Minister disappoints Nashikites


Nashik : Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis did not announce any fund for development plan which had been prepared by NMC administration and office bearers with the expectation to get substantial fund from him for development of the city. As a result, Nashikites were disappointed. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister announced Nashik Municipal Corporation would be given 20 acres of land near Gangapur dam for construction of a solar project.

Chief Minister Fadnavis had announced that he would adopt Nashik during civic elections for Nashik Municipal Corporation. He conducted the first review meeting in NMC for the first time after three months. Mayor Ranjana Bhansi, Municipal Commissioner Abhishek Krishna, Deputy Mayor Prathamesh Gite, standing committee chairperson Shivaji Gangurde, house leader Dinkar Patil, two MPs, eight MLAs, NMC office bearers and chief officials were present for the review meeting held at standing committee hall.

The Municipal Commissioner tabled a presentation about proposed projects, delayed projects and projects being undertaken under smart city mission. The Chief Minister instructed to give priority to solid waste management, management of sewage, drinking water and traffic system. After tabling some demands about solid waste management, sewage and DCPR in city, the Chief Minister assured to resolve these demands after discussions with the principal secretary. In addition, a demand was made to provide land for NMC near Gangapur dam to construct its solar project. Thereafter, the Chief Minister approved to give 20 acres of land near the dam. If electricity is generated from this project, cost of Rs. 3 will be incurred per unit and money of NMC will be saved on large scale, he said.

Financial aid was demanded for construction of sewage treatment plant at Pimpalgaon Khamb. Replying to this principal secretary Manisha Mhaiskar stated that decision will be taken once the land is in possession. The Chief Minister suggested getting free LED lights installed by a private institution which does this work free of charge.

2.5 TDR is given for land acquisition. The Municipal Commissioner demanded 4 FSI on this land. The Chief Minister rejected this demand by stating that Nashik city would become congested.

After office bearers demanded recruitment of employees in NMC, the Chief Minister made it clear that approval will be given to recruit technical posts only and non-technical posts should be filled through outsourcing. While asking them to do this, he advised that officials should organise their own work as is the case in foreign countries.

NMC has no problem in running city bus service, but government should provide land which will be required for this, the Municipal Commissioner demanded. The Chief Minister instructed to get a report prepared through an expert advisor.

After making clear that if land is given for bus depot and workshop, bus service can be run by private organisations on the lines of Pimpari Chinchwad, the Chief Minister informed that land will be made available by the government. When demand to start metro train was tabled, the Chief Minister said that there is no requirement of metro train in the city.

In this way, the Chief Minister did not announce any decision or approve any fund for the proposal of Rs. 2100 crore to seek fund for various development works. Funds have been not been declared for metro, ring road, flyover, conservation of bio diversity. No fund was approved for the proposal worth Rs. 18,000 crore for acquisition of 275 acres of land at Sadhugram under 20 villages development programme and laying of overhead electricity cables underground. The Chief Minister did not approve any fund for proposed or ongoing projects in the city. Nashikites are disappointed by this, it was being expressed.

‘Give such project which will provide employment’
After Nashikites had elected unopposed the then Deputy Prime Minister Yashwantrao Chavan, he had constructed HAL plant in the city. Chief Minister should give such project which will give employment to 10,000-20,000 youths. After the Chief Minister had made declared to adopt Nashik, Nashikites had elected BJP to power with majority votes. Nashik should get what other cities got, demanded NMC opposition leader Ajay Boraste.

Assurance to approve proposal: Mayor
Assurance was given to approve proposal regarding basic utilities in Nashik during review meeting of Chief Minister, reacted Mayor Ranjana Bhansi after a review meeting. Approval was given to actual work, instead of approval to figures of fund. The Chief Minister informed that NMC works will be conducted time-to-time. After Municipal Commissioner made presentation of all works, the Chief Minister gave a positive response to this. Proposed works will be started in upcoming period, informed the Mayor.