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In wake of PMC elections, political parties politicize naming of Panvel bridge

Politics seems to reign over the naming of the newly constructed bridge at Panvel. In wake of the Panvel Municipal Council elections to be held in December this year; the Congress, PWP and MNS have started playing the blame game over it, reports Monika Bhosale.

With the aim to man the traffic problems caused due to congestion and development in Panvel, MMRDA has taken up the work of building a flyover here. A total of Rs 165 crore have been allotted for the construction of this bridge. While 50% of the construction of the bridge is complete, the completion might see delay due to the rehabilitation of the slum dwellers, who would be replaced due to this project, And while this seems to be the major challenge for the construction of this flyover in Panvel, political parties think differently. The Congress, MNS and PWP party has politicized the matter by debating amongst each other for the naming of the bridge. Congress MLA Prashant Thakur has written to the state government appealing to name the bridge after eminent social worker Dr. Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari.

On the other hand, Panvel MNS Chief Kesarinath Patil informed that they had demanded that the bridge be named after freedom fighter Vasudev Balwant Phadke. We then went to Panvel Municipal Council to speak with the President Sandeep Patil who informed that the proposal for naming the bridge after social worker Dr. Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari was already approved unanimously by all party members 6 months back in the council.

With Panvel Municipal Council elections nearing now, political parties seem to be politicizing every issue. When this question was posed to them MLA Prashant Thakur refuted such statements. On the other hand, MNS’s Kesarinath Patil said that each party was just trying to take credit for it. While Panvel Municipal Council President Sandeep Patil taunted at MLA Prashant Thakur should concentrate on resolving the issue of the rehabilitation package rather than naming of the bridge. Well, with elections fever catching up quick and fast in Panvel with the elections due in December this year, politicizing smallest of issues, blame game and mud-slinging is something that one is going to hear more often from Panvel. With cameraperson Santosh Bodhare, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.

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