Sena, BJP pin hopes on state nod

SMART CITY PROJECT Civic chief gives pre­sen­ta­tion to CM in Nag­pur, says or­der to overule NCP’s de­ci­sion will come soon

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

Af­ter the Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party (NCP) re­jected the pro­posal for the Rs8,000- crore smart city project, the state gov­ern­ment is look­ing at ways to over­rule the move.

Al­though the NCP re­jected the pro­posal at the gen­eral body meet­ing of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC), the op­po­si­tion ap­proached the state to keep the city in the race for the Cen­tre’s project.

On Fri­day, the op­po­si­tion said chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fadnavis has given a vir­tual green nod to the project and a for­mal or­der is ex­pected soon.

The op­po­si­tion said the chief min­is­ter, whom they met in Nag­pur on Fri­day dur­ing the on­go­ing as­sem­bly ses­sion, has as­sured them that Navi Mum­bai will con­tinue to be in the race for the smart city project.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Wagh­mare, who was in Nag­pur, has con­firmed that he gave a pre­sen­ta­tion to the state on the pro­posal. He said an or­der was ex­pected soon.

A del­e­ga­tion of Thane guardian min­is­ter Ek­nath Shinde, BJP Be­la­pur MLA Manda Mha­tre and Shiv Sena’s op­po­si­tion leader in NMMC Vi­jay Chougule

Wed­nes­day’s rally saw stu­dents, res­i­dents and politi­cians com­ing to­gether to root for smart city project.

too met Fadnavis and re­quested him to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion on the is­sue.

“The CM said Navi Mum­bai will be­come a smart city and the gov­ern­ment will en­sure it,” said Mha­tre. “The state has the right un­der Sec­tion 450 of

the Mu­nic­i­pal Act to over­rule the de­ci­sion of the gen­eral body meet­ing.”

“NCP leader Ajit Pawar was present when the chief min­is­ter said he will en­sure that Navi Mum­bai be­comes a smart city,” said Chougule.

He said, “The chief min­is­ter has said the city that does not sup­port the project, will not get gov­ern­ment funds.”

“A let­ter is be­ing pre­pared by the chief sec­re­tary to be is­sued to the mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner. It will state that Navi Mum­bai qual­i­fies for smart city,” said Chougule.

Po­lit­i­cal ob­servers said the or­der will be a ma­jor set­back for for­mer min­is­ter Ganesh Naik, who had vowed to op­pose the project.

While t he NCP said

t he op­po­si­tion’s al­le­ga­tions were base­less, Choughule said, “The ef­forts and as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ple of the city will not go waste.”

Al­most 5 lakh res­i­dents of the city had given sug­ges­tions for the project.

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