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Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI -

“I don’t un­der­stand

why the civic com­mis­sioner feels that rais­ing tax is the need of the hour. Are we not able to pay the salary of the civic staff or are we un­able to pro­vide civic ser­vices to the city? I do not see any such sce­nario. Ganesh Naik had promised that taxes will not be hiked for 20 years and that has been done over the years. Has there not been progress in the city? We will con­tinue with the pol­icy.”

Sud­hakar Son­awane, mayor

“I am not happy

with the bud­get. We need to check where it has been made un­der in­flu­ence from any par­tic­u­lar quar­ter. Once again the bud­get is of Rs1900 crore when the civic body earns only around Rs1200 crore at the most. Why is it al­ways hyped? There is noth­ing on the wa­ter cri­sis and preven­tion of leak­ages from Morbe or any­thing new on the health front. The ed­u­ca­tional needs of the lower and middle class sec­tions has not been ad­dressed. In­stead of giv­ing stu­dents chikis ev­ery day at a cost of Rs 7.50, it would be bet­ter to give them a meal which will cost the civic body Rs20.” Stop con­struc­tion of roads and foot­paths for a year and the civic body will save Rs300 crore. The roads are peren­ni­ally dug and then re­con­structed. The paver blocks from one foot­path are used at an­other foot­path when they come out. The bud­get needs to pro­por­tion­ately take into ac­count all the ar­eas of the city.”

Vi­jay Chougule, Op­po­si­tion leader

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