MAYOR IN­SPECTS NE­GLECTED NERUL WARDS, TAKES AC­TION Euro­pean firm to help civic body with smart so­lu­tions

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Mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane on Satur­day in­spected ward 88 of Nerul com­pris­ing ar­eas from Sec­tor 3 to 9. Son­awane said the con­di­tions in the area are a blot to the city and or­dered that im­me­di­ate ac­tion be taken to rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion.

The ward at present does not have a cor­po­ra­tor since the death of cor­po­ra­tor Shashikala Mal­adi in Oc­to­ber.

Res­i­dents said that the area has been ne­glected by the of­fi­cials.

Son­awane was ac­com­pa­nied by Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion(NMMC) house leader JD Su­tar, cor­po­ra­tor Ravin­dra Ithape and for­mer cor­po­ra­tor Suresh Shetty, apart from lo­cal ward of­fi­cials and res­i­dents.

Fol­low­ing the in­spec­tion, Son­awane said, “There had been com­plaints by the res­i­dents about the up­keep of the area and so I de­cided to visit it. I have found that their com­plaints are true.”

Son­awane said, “I am ap­palled by the con­di­tions here. We pride our­selves for be­ing the clean­est city and have un­der taken Swachh Bharat ini­tia­tive, but the un­hy­gienic con­di­tions in the area are some­thing that we should be ashamed of.”

Son­awane high­lighted the poor con­di­tion and qual­ity of the foot­paths.

He said there are bro­ken tiles and inter-lock­ing pavers all over and the man­holes are bro­ken and gut­ters are open. Ac­cord­ing to Son­awane, the pub­lic toi­let here too is in a pa­thetic state.

“I have in­structed the of­fi­cials here to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion in the mat­ter and re­solve the prob­lems here,” said Son­awane.

He added, “I will be vis­it­ing the area again in a week’s time. If I do not see im­prove­ment here, I will en­sure that ac­tion is taken against those re­spon­si­ble. They will be sus­pended.”

Un­der the aegis of In­dia’s smart city chal­lenge, the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) on Fri­day signed an MoU with the Euro­pean Busi­ness and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre (EBTC) to pro­mote real-time so­lu­tions and best prac­tices from Europe for the Navi Mum­bai Smart City Project.

The agree­ment was signed in the pres­ence of chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fadnavis at the Cidco Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, where he launched Cidco’s Navi Mum­bai South Smart city project on Fri­day.

EBTC is a pro­gramme co-funded by the Euro­pean Union and im­ple­mented by Eurocham­bers, the as­so­ci­a­tion of Euro­pean Cham­bers of Commerce and In­dus­try, with a com­pany in­cor­po­rated in In­dia.

EBTC is the ref­er­ence point for pro­mot­ing and in­cor­po­rat­ing Euro­pean tech­nolo­gies to suit the lo­cal needs in In­dia. EBTC’s ef­forts fo­cus on the four main sec­tors of biotech­nol­ogy, en­ergy, en­vi­ron­ment and trans­port.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Wagh­mare said, “This MOU with EBTC is a tes­ti­mo­nial that Navi Mum­bai is all geared up to meet the bench­marks.”

Poul Jenson, di­rec­tor of EBTC, said, “It’s a priv­i­lege to be an in­te­gral part of this ex­pert mis­sion and to help repli­cate the best of EU Smart City in Navi Mum­bai. EBTC in­tends to pro­vide ac­cess to EU pol­icy frame­works which could be used as a tem­plate for the Navi Mum­bai Smart City Project.”

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