In our series “Your Ward, Your Corporator”, this time NMTV Correspondent Monika Bhosale visited ward. No. 87 in Belapur. The village is known for its rich culture and traditions. In the last election, NCP’s Dinanath Patil made his debut as corporator by winning from this ward. As he completes his first tenure, we spoke to residents and for a change found out that the progress report card of NCP Corporator from Ward No. 87 Dinanath Patil is not as one would have expected. Take a look. For a corporator, NCP’s Dinanath Patil has chosen to stay away from media glare and limelight. May be that’s why the progress report of his ward no. 87 that falls in Belapur came as a surprise. When NMTV visited the ward, for a change, citizens of the ward weren’t grieving or complaining about the failures or disappointments of their corporator but rather had appreciation and words of praises for him. When NCP’s Dinanath Patil stood for elections, he promised citizens water, power, construction of gutter, toilets and footpaths for pedestrians. And citizens say that the corporator fulfilled these promises in his tenure. Another major civic work mooted by the corporator in NMMC is a vegetable and fish market. For those who had to carry out their daily business of selling fish and vegetables in unhygienic conditions, the work comes as a major boost to their working environment and earnings as well. That’s why fish and vegetable vendors too gave thumbs up to their corporator Dinanath Patil. Another area where locals seemed satisfied with their corporator’s performance was Pansheel Nagar 1 and 2, which constitutes of legal slums. Here too, the dwellers informed that their corporator has provided them with all basic amenities and are now hopeful that their corporator will float a SRA like policy to make concrete homes available for the poor living in these slums. Ward no. 87 not only has a village and slums but also posh localities. Tax paying citizens living in Nilgiri Garden and Ekta Vihar voiced satisfaction about their corporator’s work, specifically giving him a thumbs up for the Amra-Marg. On the other hand, the IT Colony also falls in this ward. For decades the list of grievances of the residents of these colonies lied unattended. In his five years, residents of the colony informed to a certain extent Dinanath Patil worked on their issues and addressed a number of them. They are hopeful that soon their corporator will be able to address the issue of security that looms large on their head due to the hills. Locals informed another significant feat of Dinanath Patil as corporator – that of floating the much-needed subway so that commuters from the village and IT colony who had to walk on tracks to reach the railway station, could get a safer alternative. The project that required coordination and approval from NMMC and Railways has got the nod. After taking the progress report of their corporator from the citizens, we met NCP Corporator Dinanath Patil. The corporator who has chosen to stay low profile shared with us that his first priorities on being elected was to provide the basic civic amenities in his ward. Three major issues in the ward were the pathetic conditions of the Zillah Parishad hospital, security wall to the pond in Belapur village, providing a clean environment and municipal school for the poor. All these major issues were running through several hurdles for over a decade. Dinanath Patil informed us that since he followed up the issues vigorously over the years, he got concrete results for all of them. There’s no arguing that voters from across the village, slum and colonies of ward no. 87 in Belapur have give him thumbs up for their corporator’s progress and performance report card. This echoed in the statement made by another citizen of the ward and President of the Ram Janm Committee. So it can easily be established that NCP Corporator Dinanath Patil is one of the few corporators of the city who has chosen his work to speak for him. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
December 5, 2014