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