Nerul’s Wonders Park may host weddings, cultural programmes
CBD BELAPUR: Even as the civic administration, mayor and the members of the ruling NCP continue to claim that the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s (NMMC) financial situation is not bad, the decisions being taken prove otherwise.
One such proposal of the civic body, approved in the general body meeting on Friday points to the desperate measures being taken up to fill the coffers of the civic body with even negligible amounts. A resolution to throw open the prestigious Wonders Park at Nerul to organise private functions was passed even as the Opposition raised objections. The civic body said it will earn revenue of Rs20 lakh as it expects to host 10 programmes every month and charge Rs25,000 for each programme lasting 6 hours. The proposal said 80 programmes will be held during eight months of the year — excluding the four monsoon months.
This proposal, if approved, will pave the way for private entities to hold camps, social gatherings, marriage functions, picnics and various cultural and social programmes.
The Opposition, however, criticised the proposal. Shiv Sena corporator Kishore Patkar said, “These ideas clearly indicate that the civic body is going bankrupt.”
Corporator Namdeo Bhagat said, “Such trivial measures are not going to help. The administration needs to think of better and innovative ideas. How is a mere Rs20 lakh going to make any difference to the civic body’s coffers? For such a small amount, we are going to risk the beauty and maintenance of the park for which crores of rupees have been spent.”
Former opposition leader Saroj Patil said, “Has the administration taken the objections and suggestions of the residents whose money has been used to develop the park?”
Mayor Sudhakar Sonawane said, “There is nothing new in the proposal as it is done at several places. Even a part of the prestigious race course area is let out for private functions. Why can’t we use our resources?”