Divya Vaibhav Gaikwad is a first time corporator in NMMC but she has broken all glass ceilings as far as being a woman corporator in Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s history is concerned. She has re-written the rules and proven time and again that if you have the will for public work, you will find the way.
WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE
A teacher by profession, Divya Gaikwad donned the role as corporator of ward 64 at Vashi as debut corporator in 2014. However, being a woman of substance eased her way into being a public representative. From the first official meeting in NMMC till date, no other corporator perhaps has studied, voiced and taken up public proposals and issues in her ward, and of Navi Mumbai like she has. Within a year of becoming corporator, she earned the tagline of being the ruling front’s only firebrand corporator.
DARES TO STAND UP AGAINST OWN PARTY AND NMMC ADMINISTRATION IF ANY PROPOSAL IS AGAINST PUBLIC INTEREST
What sets Divya Gaikwad apart from colleagues of her own party and opposition parties is that she does not believe in boot-licking style of politics. It then doesn’t matter if it’s her own leaders or NMMC administration. She dares to stand up in what she believes is right and in public interest. The manner in which she took on the NMMC administration over GPS watches or went after them for ignoring the condition of the water tank in her ward, she misses no issue that needs correction.
She also became the voice of issues in regards to NMMC’s fogging contract, the defunct environment committee, electric crematoriums to arrest environment pollution, wastage of power on street lights, NMMC’s negligence leading to collapse of foot-over bridge, cleanliness of holding pond in her ward and the GST scam that plagued the NMMC administration
DID NOT ALLOW PEOPLE IN HER WARD TO BE FOOLED BY FRAUD ARCHITECT
Of all issues she has taken up, one that raised the pedestal of being a public voice was when she went against her own party to expose fraudulent promises made by architect Milind Pawar. It was on her behest that the NMMC administration intervened and made citizens of her ward aware of the fraud plans of redevelopment he was offering citizens. On several occasions, she fearlessly took on Mayor J D Sutar as well.
IN THE DIGITAL ERA, DIVYA GAIKWAD KNOWS WHAT PEOPLE WANT LIKE NO OTHER CORPORATOR
The strength of Divya Gaikwad lies in the fact that along with her husband Vaibhav Gaikwad, they team up to be grounded to reality of changing times in a digital era. Both online and personally, they are always there for people of her ward. They meet, speak, hear, listen, plan and do public work keeping people at the center. In a municipal corporation, where senior corporators run after only contracts, corporators like Divya Gaikwad instil hope that all is not lost yet. There still are corporators who keep public and their service ahead of self-motives. Divya Gaikwad is a ground-breaking example that she is a leader of public crisis, standing up for citizens and their issues, when the city needs it the most.
NMTV wishes her birthday greeting and hopes to see her play bigger roles in public life. Her strength of character, kindness, compassion, morals and values is everything that makes a great woman leader of the future.