All eyes will be on the general body meeting of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation this week, where the proposal for Smart City will be tabled. It will be interesting to know what decision is taken at the meeting now as the Navi Mumbai civic body had earlier opted out of the Smart City race citing that the scheme was an attack on the autonomy of local self-government bodies.
Last week, NMMC chief Tukaram Mundhe made a presentation before the high-powered committee in Mumbai, headed by the chief secretary in a last ditch effort to make satellite city part of the Smart City race. During the presentation, the high-powered committee was requested to make Navi Mumbai a part of the race, subject to approval from the general body meeting.
“Sanction of the general body meeting is a pre-condition so that Navi Mumbai can make it to the Smart City list,” said a civic official, adding, “As of now, the entry is subject to approval from the general body. If the proposal is not passed, the city will stand to lose over Rs750 crore funds, which can be used for developmental works.”
Earlier, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which is the ruling party in NMMC, had rejected the proposal claiming that it was an attack on the autonomy of local self-government bodies. However, CM Devendra Fadnavis had intervened in the matter and the administration had sent the proposal to the Centre. Pune and Solapur are the only two cities from Maharashtra that have made it to the Smart City list in the first round.
Former minister Ganesh Naik, whose NCP is the ruling party in NMMC, had during the party congregation, trained guns at those advocating the Smart City project.
“I appeal to all those who have been promoting the Smart City project to first go and see the pilot project in sector 15 of Belapur, which was launched as a part of one-time planning. The Smart City project is nothing but replication of the same. We are confident and convinced that we will make Navi Mumbai much Smarter,” Naik had said.