In­clude Kharghar in NMMC: Res­i­dents

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

Kharghar Co­op­er­a­tive Hous­ing So­ci­ety Fed­er­a­tion is de­mand­ing that Kharghar be in­cluded in Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) ju­ris­dic­tion and not in the pro­posed Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion.

The fed­er­a­tion has ini­ti­ated a sig­na­ture cam­paign to sub­mit the de­mand to the Raigad col­lec­tor.

Navi Mum­bai de­vel­op­ment took off in 1970 to de­con­gest Mum­bai. With a large num­ber of peo­ple flock­ing to the city, the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) took up the de­vel­op­ment of Kharghar.

At present, Cidco pro­vides civic ser­vices in the node. Over the years, the Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil has strug­gled to pro­vide ad­e­quate in­fra­struc­ture, wa­ter and health ser­vices to Pan­vel city. Res­i­dents of Kharghar fear that the city too will have to face sim­i­lar prob­lems if it is in­cluded in the cor­po­ra­tion ju­ris­dic­tion. The res­i­dents are plan­ning to give their ob­jec­tion in writ­ing and de­mand that the node be in­cluded in NMMC area.

A meet­ing of the res­i­dents to dis­cuss the is­sue was held ear­lier this week. Over 250 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous hous­ing so­ci­eties were present in the meet­ing. “The Cidco has so far com­pleted 40% de­vel­op­ment work in Kharghar. There is still 60% work pend­ing,” said cap­tain SH Kalawat, the pres­i­dent, Kharghar Co­op­er­a­tive Hous­ing So­ci­ety. “Kharghar has al­ways been known as a node of Navi Mum­bai, so it should be a part of the NMMC.”

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