Kharghar residents want more time
Seek another three months to submit opinion on whether the node should be included in the new corporation
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.”