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“Ganesh Naik forced me to fill tender for NMMC’s FACC” : says Dr. Prakash Kasbekar

Navi Mumbai, November 17 :

NMMC’s FACC (Floating Advanced Casualty Complex) lies waste at Dr. Kasbekar’s Sterling Hospital

Nothing seems to be going right for the NCP in Navi Mumbai. After the shocking defeat of NCP stalwart Ganesh Naik against BJP’s Manda Mhatre in assembly polls, failures of NMMC’s public projects are adding to their setbacks.

The latest to be added to the list is the FACC : the Floating Advanced Casualty Complex that was inaugurated at the hands of former Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik with much fanfare prior to assembly polls. The facility was inaugurated the presence of Dr. Prakash Kasbekar, the family doctor of the Naiks who was made consultant for the FACC.

The FACC was approved as an “hospital on wheels” proposal in April 2013. The Standing Committee, then chaired by Shampat Shewale had approved the proposal worth Rs. 36, 27, 032 as a facility to reach out to accident victims on Sion Panvel Highway, Thane Belapur Road and Uran Panvel Highway. These highways register high number of accidents and deaths and the aim of the FACC was to ensure that accident victims were given medical aid in time to save lives. More than a year after its approval, the FACC was inaugurated by former Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik just ahead of Vidhan Sabha elections.

The FACC, all equipped with latest technologies and equipment and a team of doctors was to attend to any emergency and accident victims is biting dust at Dr. Prakash Kasbekar’s hospital in Vashi. This despite the fact that the NMMC has still not entered into an agreement with Dr. Kasbekar. When contacted Dr. Prakash Kasbekar said that “I never wanted to fill the tender for the FACC but Ganesh Naik asked me to. Its opposite of what you people think. It was only because Ganesh Naik said that I did it.”

Shiv Sena corporator Vithal More alleged that the Commissioner would have found the contract fishy, that is why the work tender has not been issued. “The Commissioner has done the right thing by not entering into an agreement with Dr. Kasbekar as he must have sensed there is something fishy and illegal in the way the tender was awarded to Dr. Kasbekar.”

Further hitting out at Dr. Kasbekar, Vithal More said “It cannot be a coincidence that a doctor who happens to be a family doctor and friend of the Naiks was given this tender.”

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