Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday stepped in to clear the city’s proposal for the central government’s project, using his powers under the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, to issue directions to NMMC. This has come days after the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-controlled Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) decided to opt out of the smart city race on the basis of numerical strength in the House, .
Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde, Belapur MLA Manda Mhatre, leader of opposition in the NMMC Vijay Choughule and Shiv Sena corporator Kishore Patkar were in Nagpur to meet Fadnavis in this regard. During the meeting, Fadnavis said the state government respects the inputs given by four lakh Navi Mumbaikars and will not let them down,” said MLA Mhatre.
Municipal commissioner DT Waghmare, too, was in Nagpur in connection with this. December 15 is the last date to submit smart city proposal to the central government.
According to sources, “It will now be the responsibility of the civic chief to take forward this proposal at the central government level.”
The NMMC general body had rejected the proposal of Smart city on the basis of numerical strength, as politics weighed heavily over core development issues.
Ganesh Naik had said the smart city project was an attack on democratic institutions and autonomy of local self-government bodies.
Recently, the NMMC had inked an agreement with European Business and Technology Centre for the smart city project for technology transfer.