NAVI MUMBAI: Dinesh Waghmare, a 1994-batch IAS officer, took over as Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s commissioner from Abasaheb Jarhad on Monday. The former MD of Maharashtra Agro Industries Development Corporation Ltd (MAIDC) spoke to TOI about his future plans for the satellite city.
Stressing on efficient, transparent services, the new civic chief outlined his vision for a more sustainable Navi Mumbai. Speaking on better links and transport amenities such as coastal roads, new flyovers and connectivity to Mumbai Metro, Waghmare said that the city needs to be future-ready.
While appreciating the existing infrastructure, Waghmare spoke about transforming the city into a cleaner, greener city which would attract tourists. “One of my many priorities will be to increase the green cover in the city. We need to develop the existing gardens from the tourism point of view. Beautification of lakes and boating facilities on BOT basis will also be taken up,” he said.
Waghmare added that one of his major tasks would be to improve the management of the civic transport wing, which is currently in a shambles.
“We need to plan for the future and that includes building additional flyovers and plan for a coastal road for Navi Mumbai,” he added.
Speaking on the recurring problems related to garbage collection and disposal system in the city, Waghmare said similar systems in other cities need to be studied in order to incorporate some of their better features. “The NMMC area is cleaner compared to areas under other corporations. But we also have to improve on the solid waste management system in the city.”
Referring to parking issues, especially the lack of residential and commercial parking areas in the city, he added, “I have been told that there are several public utility plots that have to be transferred from Cidco to NMMC. Once that is done, we may be able to develop multistorey parking lots.” He also suggested that some aspects of the parking system in Mumbai can be replicated here, in collaboration with the city traffic department.
Waghmare also discussed healthcare and education facilities and stressed on raising the standards of civic schools and hospitals.
“The quality of hospitals and healthcare facilities needs to be improved by installing the latest equipment and filling vacancies in the health and education departments,” he said.
He also made a special mention of the need to focus on underdeveloped areas, especially gaothans and to achieve parity by way of civic development in all areas.