NCP ON THE BACK FOOT

MAYOR SUD­HAKAR SON­AWANE’S SAYS NCP NOT AGAINST SMART CITY

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI -

The meet­ing that mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner had with the chief min­is­ter and chief sec­re­tary was to give de­tails of the de­ci­sion taken by the NMMC gen­eral body as we are un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the ur­ban de­vel­op­ment depart­ment of the state.

I have re­peat­edly said that we have not with­drawn from the race. We were in the race and will con­tinue to do so. We are not op­posed to the smart city, we are only op­posed to Spe­cial Pur­pose Ve­hi­cle (SPV).

If some­one tells me he is giv­ing me loan and hence I should get my house ren­o­vated, it won’t do. The

peo­ple of the city have put their trust in us. We need to look into whether we need the loan and how to pay it back.

We are only de­mand­ing change in the clause which gives all pow­ers to the SPV.

If we do not give the pro­posal within the dead­line of De­cem­ber 15, we will be out of the race. Hence, the chief min­is­ter has used his pow­ers to give us a month to make changes in the NMMC gen­eral body and send the pro­posal back.

How­ever, if we re­ject it again, it will not be ac­cepted for the race. Even if the state gov­ern­ment and cen­tral gov­ern­ment ac­cept it, the fi­nal de­ci­sion will be that of the lo­cal self­gov­ern­ment. For it to suc­ceed the state and cen­tral gov­ern­ments will have to change and mod­ify the norms or make a new act in the par­lia­ment.

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