Last week NMMC celebrated its 18th Foundation Day. And while the corporation might have seen many employees coming and going, there are few who have been with the corporation since its inception. On the occasion of the 18th Foundation Day of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation NMTV News spoke with four such civic employees who were with the civic body right from day one. We have seen Navi Mumbai growing and being recognized as a satellite city but the growth and development did not happen overnight. In the eighties there were 29 gram panchayats through which all public services were provided in the region. In 1992 NMMC came into existence and from 300 employees today there are approximately 3000 employees. And while there have been many employees who have come and gone, four employees of the corporation have shown their loyalty. Meet Suresh Patil, Ashok Madhvi, Subhash Gaikar and Vishwanath Mhatre who have been working right from the gram panchayat days. All joined the NMMC as office superintendents on the 1st of January 1992. Suresh Patil joined as a clerk in 1981 in the Digha gram panchayat and got promoted as office superintendent when NMMC was formed. Recalling those days, Patil shared his experience the when the panchayat level was being transformed into a corporation. He also said that he gave a lot of importance to education and while working he completed his BA. Ashok Madhvi informed us that in those days the revenue was small and services were limited. When elections happened in 1995 there was a large zone with more people and more services were given. When NMMC was formed revenue increased and services were given accordingly, and in India this it was a historical mark as NMMC came into existence without going through the munipal body level. They worked hard and got awards for cleanliness in the sant Gadge Baba Nagri Swatchta Abhiyaan. Subhash Gaikar shared that when industries came inside there was more revenue. When NMMC was formed they learnt the importance of filing and realized the importance of education. Vishwanath Mhatre spoke on the changes found in corporators who understood the guidelines better now as before. With cameraman Vinayk Dalvi Jan Cabral for NMTV news.
November 1, 2011