17-member citizens’ committee advises Cidco on major issues
CBD BELAPUR: Cidco vice-chairman and managing director Sanjay Bhatia, who had announced soon after his appointment that he would form a forum of stakeholders of the city to better understand various civic issues, has kept to his word.
A 17-member stakeholder committee comprising citizens from various walks of life has been formed. The committee has already met Bhatia once and discussed several issues. More meetings are expected soon.
Members include experts in city planning, economy, RTI, real estate, engineering, sports, education, health, social work and also union leaders and project affected persons (PAP).
Mohan Ninawe, Cidco’s public relations officer, said “The first meeting was fruitful. The MD had prepared 10 points for discussion with the committee members who responded well.”
Ninawe added, “These included increasing Cidco’s credibility as it has been doing a lot of work that has not come to people’s notice. This includes the airportPAP issue over land acquisition, mass housing schemes including providing incentives to developers to construct houses for the economically weaker sections, and so on.”
The objective of the committee will be for the MD to take guidance from a think tank that is not associated with Cidco for solutions to various issues. This sharing of ideas will provide positive inputs to Cidco, Ninawe added.
The committee discussed many of Cidco’s projects, such as the new airport, at its first meeting.