Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

The long-pend­ing pro­posal of forming Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion is fi­nally pick­ing up pace. The gen­eral body of Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil ( PMC) on Thurs­day unan­i­mously ap­proved the pro­posal for the for­ma­tion of a mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion for the re­gion. A num­ber of sug­ges­tions given by op­po­si­tion leader San­deep Patil and oth­ers were in­cor­po­rated in the pro­posal.

The City and I ndus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor po­ra­tion (Cidco) has de­vel­oped the nodes of New Pan­vel, Kharghar, Kamothe, Kalamboli, Ulwe and Taloja in Pan­vel re­gion. The sur­round­ing ar­eas are go­ing to be de­vel­oped un­der the NAINA project.

Since the pop­u­la­tion of Pan­vel has reached around 9 lakh, res­i­dents have been de­mand­ing a mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion.

Mean­while, a pro­posal from NMMC for t he t rans­fer of Kharghar to Navi Mum­bai area had been sent to the ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­istry.

MLA Prashant Thakur has long been de­mand­ing a mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion. A sig­na­ture cam­paign too was un­der­taken in the re­gion to push for the de­mand.

The chief min­is­ter re­cently formed a com­mit­tee un­der the chair­man­ship of Konkan divi­sional com­mis­sioner Tanaji Sa­tre. Within a month, the com­mit­tee will study the is­sues of ge­o­graph­i­cal struc­ture, mu­nic­i­pal­cor­po­ra­tion, rev­enue, need for ad­di­tional staff and sub­mit a re­port to the gov­ern­ment.

PMC pres­i­dent Charusheela Gharat said, “A pro­posal to rec­om­mend a pos­i­tive de­ci­sion on the is­sue was pre­sented by coun­cil­lor Anil Bha­gat in the house. With all the par­ties sup­port­ing it, the tech­ni­cal clear­ance re­quired for the cor­po­ra­tion has been given.”

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