Kharghar res­i­dents want more time

Seek an­other three months to sub­mit opin­ion on whether the node should be in­cluded in the new cor­po­ra­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The res­i­dents of Kharghar have asked for a three months ex­ten­sion of the dead­line to sub­mit ob­jec­tions and sug­ges­tions on the pro­posal to in­clude Kharghar in Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion.

Mem­bers of Kharghar Hous­ing Fed­er­a­tion mem­bers on Fri­day sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Raigad col­lec­tor with the re­quest.

The gov­ern­ment no­ti­fi­ca­tion about the Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion with the pro­posal of in­clud­ing Kharghar in it was is­sued on May 16. The res­i­dents were given one month time to sub­mit their sug­ges­tions and ob­jec­tions. The last date to sub­mit them is June 15.

Right from the begin­ning the res­i­dents have been de­mand­ing that the node to be ex­cluded from the Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion. Last week, the fed­er­a­tion or­gan­ised a sig­na­ture cam­paign at Kharghar rail­way sta­tion where more than 450 peo­ple signed within an hour.

“First, the area of Kharghar is more close to Navi Mum­bai than Pan­vel. Sec­ond, the mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties in Pan­vel have not been able to take care of the Pan­vel city prop­erly. You will find scores of prob­lems like un­cov­ered gut­ters, pot­holed roads, di­lap­i­dated of­fices among oth­ers in the Pan­vel even to­day. We don’t think that the Pan­vel cor­po­ra­tion will be able to ad­dress our is­sues,” said Ravi Sri­vas­tava, one mem­ber of the fed­er­a­tion.

“Wa­ter short­age is yet an­other is­sue. NMMC has its own dam and we have the as­sur­ance that we will get proper wa­ter sup­ply if we stay in NMMC’s ju­ris­dic­tion. But we don’t see any hope in the pro­posal of in­clud­ing Kharghar in Pan­vel cor­po­ra­tion,” he added.

“Many have gone to their home­town for sum­mer va­ca­tion. Many of them will be back in July. There­fore, we have asked the au­thor­i­ties to ex­tend the dead­line by three months,” he said.

Kharghar is ad­min­is­tered by Cidco and it is not a part of NMMC or Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil. All ser­vices such as wa­ter sup­ply, waste dis­posal, in­fra­struc­tures are main­tained by Cidco. Though Kharghar has a gram pan­chayat sta­tus, there are more than 250 high-rises, malls, ho­tels, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, Tata Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal and other im­por­tant land­marks.

“The state gov­ern­ment should ex­clude Kharghar from the pro­posed PMC and merge the node with NMMC or al­low it to re­main stand­alone node of the town plan­ning agency,” said De­bo­jit Sharma, 43, a res­i­dent.

An NMMC of­fi­cial, on con­di­tion of anonymity, said, “Navi Mum­bai city falls both in Thane and Raigad dis­trict. How­ever, NMMC ju­ris­dic­tion is lim­ited to Thane dis­trict and Kharghar comes in Raigad dis­trict. If Kharghar is in­cluded in the NMMC, there will ad­min­is­tra­tive prob­lems as we will have to deal with Raigad dis­trict of­fi­cials only for the is­sues of Kharghar.”

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