Pan­vel set to have bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties

Pan­vel to be first mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion in Raigad; res­i­dents asked for sug­ges­tions, ob­jec­tions

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

The first mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil in state, Pan­vel, is now all set to be­come the first mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion in Raigad district.

The new mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion will in­clude 68 vil­lages, apart from Pan­vel city.

The no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued by the state gov­ern­ment on Mon­day has ended the wait for years with the re­gion’s devel­op­ment ex­pected to get a ma­jor boost.

The Bri­tish had dur­ing prein­de­pen­dence era pre­pared the Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil Act for devel­op­ment pur­poses. Fol­low­ing de­mand by the lo­cals for a coun­cil, Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil was formed in 1852 mak­ing it the first in the state.

In re­cent times, with the state gov­ern­ment de­vel­op­ing Navi Mum­bai as an al­ter­na­tive to Mum­bai, the ur­ban­i­sa­tion of the ru­ral ar­eas of Pan­vel picked up.

How­ever, the ar­eas con­tin­ued to have gram pan­chay­ats.

The plan­ning agen­cies in these ar­eas are Cidco, gram pan­chayat, zilla par­ishad and mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil.

Owing to the pres­ence of four plan­ning au­thor­i­ties, the devel­op­ment of the re­gion was not co­or­di­nated and planned.

Hence for the past few years, a de­mand had been made by lo­cal res­i­dents and politi­cians for the for­ma­tion of a mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion that will in­clude the coun­cil and the ru­ral ar­eas that have de­vel­oped.

The gov­ern­ment res­o­lu­tion on May 16 has put the is­sue on track. The no­ti­fi­ca­tion states that the pro­posed Pan­vel mu­nic­i­pal

cor­po­ra­tion will have, along with Pan­vel city, 68 vil­lages of Pan­vel taluka.

Res­i­dents have been given a month’s time to sub­mit their sug­ges­tions and ob­jec­tions to the Raigad col­lec­tor. Af­ter the hear­ing on the sug­ges­tions and ob­jec­tions, fur­ther ac­tion will

be taken for es­tab­lish­ing the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion.

Navi Mum­bai was the first city that trans­formed di­rectly from gram pan­chayat to a mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion. It helped the re­gion de­velop at a fast pace. Pan­vel taluka was, how­ever, left be­hind in this progress.

PMC pres­i­dent Charusheela Gharat said, “In the taluka, Pan­vel mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil was re­spon­si­ble for devel­op­ment work in the city area.”

“The re­main­ing 68 vil­lages were ad­min­is­tered by the gram pan­chay­ats. School and health is­sues were taken care of by zilla par­ishad. Kharghar, Taloja, Kalam­boli, Kamothe and New Pan­vel nodes were un­der Cidco ju­ris­dic­tion. Each body planned devel­op­ment on its own in its area of ju­ris­dic­tion pre­vent­ing any com­pre­hen­sive plan­ning in the taluka,” she added.

Gharat said, “There are no good gar­dens for the res­i­dents in Pan­vel taluka. There are also is­sues with ser­vices from gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals, pub­lic trans­porta­tion, mar­kets and other ba­sic ser­vices.”

“Sewage lines have been laid in Cidco and mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil ar­eas. How­ever, sewage water is a ma­jor prob­lem in vil­lages, where there is no such in­fra­struc­ture. Lack of in­te­grated plan­ning has led to water sup­ply is­sues as well,” she added.

Gharat said, “With the gov­ern­ment de­cid­ing on the for­ma­tion of the cor­po­ra­tion, years of de­mand of the peo­ple will be ful­filled and the re­gion’s devel­op­ment process will re­ceive a boost.”

THE BRI­TISH HAD DUR­ING PRE-IN­DE­PEN­DENCE ERA PRE­PARED THE MU­NIC­I­PAL COUN­CIL ACT FOR DEVEL­OP­MENT PUR­POSES

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Pan­vel lacks in­fra­struc­ture and ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties. With the for­ma­tion of a mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion, res­i­dents hope they will have a bet­ter life.

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