NMMC passes 11 pro­pos­als, more pub­lic toi­lets de­manded

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

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.

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