No dearth of funds to de­velop Bhi­wandi, says Fadnavis

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Press Trust of In­dia ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

THANE: Chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fadnavis on Wed­nes­day said there was no dearth of funds for de­vel­op­ment of Bhi­wandi town in the dis­trict.

Ad­dress­ing a meet­ing af­ter in­au­gu­rat­ing the Rs62-crore Van­zarpatti Naka fly­over, Fadnavis called upon cit­i­zens to take “own­er­ship” and help de­vel­op­ment of the power-loom town.

How­ever, se­nior Shiv Sena leader Ek­nath Shinde, who is the pub­lic works depart­ment (PWD) min­is­ter and Thane’s Guardian Min­is­ter, was con­spic­u­ous by his ab­sence in the pro­gramme.

Fadnavis also laid the foun­da­tion stone for the Rs-125 crore Ra­jiv Gandhi-Saibaba fly­over in Bhi­wandi.

The Chief Min­is­ter said a city that has proper in­fra­struc­ture but is not clean, neat and hy­gienic can­not be con­sid­ered a good city.

“There is no dearth of funds for de­vel­op­ment of Bhi­wandi. The state gov­ern­ment will do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble for the (de­vel­op­ment) of the city,” he said.

“You (cit­i­zens) should not sim­ply de­pend on the state gov­ern­ment and the civic cor­po­ra­tion, but you should have a sense of own­er­ship, then only the town will im­prove,” he said.

Tak­ing a dig at the Congress and the NCP, the CM said it was ob­served the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment had not paid much at­ten­tion to the needs of the nonur­ban towns.

“We have de­cided to ex­tend a help­ing hand to them (such towns)... You (cit­i­zens) should help in keep­ing the city clean,” he added.

“There should be re­duc­tion in gen­er­a­tion of do­mes­tic waste wa­ter. The three ar­eas which need to be at­tended to in any city are pro­vi­sion of potable drink­ing wa­ter, waste wa­ter treat­ment and its dis­posal and garbage dis­posal” he said.

Fadnavis said the pro­posed wa­ter sup­ply project of 100mld for the town cost­ing around Rs568 crore was sug­gested by the Mum­bai Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (MMRDA).

The chief min­is­ter also an­nounced funds worth Rs10 crore for road works apart from Rs25 crore for im­prove­ment of Meenatai Thack­eray au­di­to­rium, un­der­ground wa­ter drainage and road con­creti­sa­tion work.

Shiv Sena lead­ers from the dis­trict “boy­cotted” the func­tion.

PRA­FUL GANGURDE

The 785-me­tre Van­zarpatti fly­over, which links Dom­bivli with Nashik and Wada, was in­au­gu­rated by chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fadnavis on Wed­nes­day.

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