Even though Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Smart City plan includes Navi Mumbai and Chief Minister Devendra Fadavnis is signing agreements with European countries to make Navi Mumbai a Smart city, NCP seems to be least bothered or so it seems. This is because the NCP ruled NMMC today rejected the proposal to convert Navi Mumbai into a smart city in the monthly General Body meeting.
This despite the fact that popular playback singer Shankar Mahadevan inaugurated the Smart City War room. NMMC officials put in a lot of efforts and handwork to materialise a smart city vision, intellectuals too mooted that Navi Mumbai should be converted into a smart city. So much so that even a walkathon was organised wherein thousands of school kids marched in support of a smart city plan. But setting aside what 4.5 lakh Navi Mumbai citizens want, NCP has cheated them all by rejecting the smart city proposal.
Evidently, the opposition says that the NCP is playing with the interests of Navi Mumbai citizens because they are not getting any ‘takkavari’ in the smart city proposal.
Nearly four lakh valuable suggestions of residents is of no use now as the NMMC has opted out of the smart city race. The NCP-dominated corporation rejected the smart city proposal on Tuesday in general body meeting.
Ecstatic residents had posted their valuable ideas and views on NMMC’s web portal for the smart city, however, around 3,80,000 ideas posted on the web portal will now just remain ideas online.
The latest development has sent a wrong message and the residents said they feel cheated.
As the general body meeting of NMMC on Tuesday evening rejected the proposal for smart city, adverse reactions have emerged from residents, who feel that they have been “cheated” by the ruling party corporators who voted against the project.
This was the first project wherein residents were involved by inviting suggestions and it has been scrapped, leaving residents fuming. “It is very clear that politics has weighed over development. It looks like a political game plan of some party which is trying to make one-upmanship and forgetting the interests of common man,” said Narayanan SS, a resident of Vashi.
“The decision has given a clear message that political leaders here have vested interests to achieve, and this is why they have scrapped the project,” he said, adding that this decision is likely to boomerang on political leadership here.
Residents have unanimously opined that this decision highlights that there is no political will to take forward the idea of development.