Several money-guzzling civic projects, which were okayed years back but failed to see the light of day so far, have been scrapped.
Civic chief Tukaram Mundhe cancelled three projects that cost close to Rs 190 crore in a fortnight. Mundhe explained that they were not feasible.
These projects were approved by the NCP-ruled general body. Dubbed by the NMMC commissioner as “unnecessary” these plans include Rs 163- crore worth solar project at Morbe dam, operating the hospital-on-wheels or Floating Advanced Casualty Complex on Palm Beach Road at the cost of Rs 3.5 crore.
The third project involved laying of white marble stone cladding worth Rs 20 crore atop the dome of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Bhawan Memorial in Airoli.
“Funds were allocated for them, irrespective of their viability. The civic body intends to provide better amenities by re-allocating the funds elsewhere,” said NMMC Chief Mundhe.
So, the Rs 187-crore kitty kept aside for these three projects will now be utilized to make the city more pedestrian and disabled-friendly, create recreational zones, improve drainage, connectivity, among other development plans.
“I envision a city where residents won’t hesitate to walk. To accomplish that, NMMC will have to lay more footpaths and pavements. The disabled, too, should be able to commute easily. So the funds (allocated for the above-mentioned projects) can now be utilized to develop gardens or playgrounds in areas which do not have them,” added NMMC Chief Mundhe.