WILL OP­POSE SMART CITY TILL THE END, SAYS GANESH NAIK

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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