WILL OPPOSE SMART CITY TILL THE END, SAYS GANESH NAIK
VASHI: Former minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ganesh Naik said he will oppose the smart city project of the central government till the end.
Naik said the proposal, if implemented, will make city corporators ‘toothless tigers’.
After the NCP rejected the proposal for the Rs8,000- crore smart city project in the general body meeting of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) on Tuesday, Naik said, “I had instructed my corporators to reject it. The proposal, if implemented, will take away all the rights and powers. The corporators’ very existence will be at stake as the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will have all the rights to govern the city.”
According to Naik, the NCP corporators were not against smart city, but could not ignore the democratic institutions. “We will not have any problem if the issues are discussed in the general body, standing committee and with the corporators. However, there is no provision for such discussions once the proposal is passed,” said Naik, who said NCP was ready for inquiry in case there were allegations of corruption.
Naik said the corporators rejected the proposal despite attending several programmes on smart city because they did not have an idea of what the SPV was about.
“The opposition can complain to the chief minister or prime minister. We have trust in the judiciary and will fight it. I do not think the state will overrule the decision of NMMC,” said Naik.