Table smart city plan again: Cong
Asks for resolution to be passed at general body meeting with amendments of provisions
The ruling NCP has been dealt yet another blow.
This time by its alliance partner, the Congress, which has demanded that the Centre’s smart city project that the NCP had rejected, be tabled once again in the general body of NMMC. It has asked for the resolution to be passed with amendments of provisions that have been opposed.
The Congress had maintained a stoic silence on the issue since December 8, when the resolution was rejected in the NMMC general body meeting. As an alliance partner, it had even voted alongside the NCP for its rejection. Privately, though, it had made it clear that it was not okay with the decision.
Cong ress Navi Mumbai president Dashrath Bhagat said, “The smart city project is worth Rs8,000 crore and hence it would not have been right to support or oppose it in a haste. We have over the past few days studied the proposal and proposed works in detail and decided on our position.”
B h a g at said, “There is no doubt that Navi Mumbai has to become a first- grade city. The proposal should be brought back to the general body. However, we will ensure that the burden of loans is not heaped on the municipal cor- poration.”
He added, “We also will not allow the powers of the elected representatives and the civic body t o be usurped. There should be clarity on how the Rs8,000 crore funds will come and how they will be spent. The proposal should also state the funds that will come from the central government and state government and how the rest of the funds will be sourced, besides how will escalation in costs be taken care of.”
B h a g at said, “We w a n t details of which financial institutions will be involved and if new taxes will be imposed. Will the special purpose vehi- cle (SPV) do all the work in the project?”
“The SPV should be headed by the municipal commissioner and the elected representatives should be included in it,” said Bhagat.
Bhagat added that the smart city proposal copy should be given to all the corporators. Once it i s presented once again in the house, it should be approved along with the suggestions of the corporators.
“We need t o acce pt and implement the project in the interest of the city, taking care that the democratic system is not in any way harmed,” said Bhagat.