Nerul’s Won­ders Park may host wed­dings, cul­tural pro­grammes WHAT’S BEEN PRO­POSED

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

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?”

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