NASHIK: There were heated discussions over the land acquisition issue in the meeting of the standing committee of Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) held on Wednesday. As Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena supported in favour of the objections raised by Bharatiya Janata Party member Munna Hiray, the subject of land acquisition had to be adjourned. Several development works were approved in the meeting.
The online meeting was chaired by standing committee chairman Ganesh Geete. Many subjects were put up for approval in the meeting. According to the letter from the Municipal Commissioner, a proposal to deposit more than Rs 7.53 crore in the office of the Deputy District Collector for the acquisition of the land for the development of 18- meter wide road in Survey No. 993/2 and in Survey No. 994/2B with a total area of 2895 sq.m.was tabled in the meeting.
Members raised some questions on this issue. BJP’s Munna Hiray said that the issue was sensitive and demanded that it be approved after discussions. Public money should be used properly. All technical aspects should be checked, then it should be kept in the dock. He also raised the question that what will be the benefit of the people if land acquisition takes place and mentioned that it is mandatory to pay only 30% of the total amount by the Municipal Corporation.
Shiv Sena member Sudhakar Badgujar also said that there is a need to study this issue and demanded that the issue be adjourned. Similarly, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena member Salim Sheikh also demanded that the proposal from the District Collector should be studied and approved after considering the technical issues.
Chairperson Geete then adjourned the subject and ordered the officials to table it after a proper study. A post-work approval was passed to pay the cost of Rs. 17.35 lakh for the construction of a foundation in Dr Zakir Hussain hospital for the installation of an oxygen tank. Rahul Dive of the Congress raised many questions and demanded that the Municipal Commissioner and health officer should pay special attention.
He also demanded a thorough inquiry into the oxygen leak incident to file cases against the culprits. Dive also demanded to transfer some doctors in the Bytco hospital as they function in an uncontrolled manner. Meanwhile, tenders were invited for the development of a jogging track from Kumawat Nagar to Makhmalabad Road in ward No. 5 of the Panchavati division. There was a proposal to approve a contract to do work at a lower rate.
Leader of the house Kamlesh Bodke had earlier given a letter in this regard, in which he stated that they had opposed this work even in the General Body Meeting, and expressed his displeasure as it was tabled in the standing committee meeting. Locals are opposing this as the jogging track is proposed on the space of footpath, he stated and demanded to adjourn the subject. Chairperson Geete then adjourned this subject.
Meanwhile, NCP corporator Samina Memon reacted angrily as the Multanpura hospital is not started even after continuous efforts. “We will continue to raise our voices until the hospital starts,” she said. Officials said there was a power supply problem in the area and the hospital would be reopened soon. Geete also approved some additional subjects which were on the agenda.