NMMC passes 11 proposals, more public toilets demanded
The standing committee of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) passed 11 proposals on Thursday.
The proposals are related to public toilets, vehicles for the civic body, nutritious food for civic school students, requirements for new hospitals, extension work of Nerul school and so on.
The meeting was held after a gap of over one month following the end of the code of conduct for the Nerul bypolls.
The standing committee approved a resolution to source 89 vehicles on rent from Purva Travels for three years at a cost of Rs8.30 crore for the use of its officials and employees.
When corporator Ravindra Ithape aked if the service provided had been good, additional municipal commissioner Ankush Chavan said, “We haven’t received any complaint from anyone so far.”
Approval has been given for a public toilet at Turbhe Store for which Rs 31.84 lakh will be spent. While members cutting across party lines welcomed the proposal, corporators Aparna Gavte, Jagdish Gavte and Ramchandra Gharat insisted that similar facilities be provided in their areas too, particularly in the slum regions.
The long-pending extention work of Kopar Khairane Sector 7 school finally got the go-ahead. A second floor will now be constructed on it. Students have been facing a lot of problems as classes for Marathi and Hindi-medium students are held here.
An argument between corporator Shankar More and education officer Amrish Patnigere broke out on the resolution.
More said, “The school houses two Hindi medium schools with Marathi school number 32 too functioning from the premises. The issue needs to be resolved at the earliest.”
Replying to him, Patnigere said, “The Hindi medium school was initially functioning from Kopar Khairane community centre. That was going to be demolished for construction of Annasaheb Patil memorial.”
He said, “At the time, I had pleaded with the official and also you, More to first ensure a proper facility for the students of the school and then demolish the building. However, my pleas went unheard.”
When More asked why he himself had not made alternative arrangements, Patnigere said, “The law states that we have to provide alternative arrangements for a school in any ward in a school closeby.”
The other major resolutions approved included awarding maintenance contract for Wonders Park at Nerul for the second year at a cost of Rs3.77 crore.