3,800 res­i­dents give feed­back on Pan­vel mu­nic­i­pal body

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

More than 3,800 res­i­dents have sub­mit­ted var­i­ous ob­jec­tions and sug­ges­tions for the for­ma­tion of Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Corporation (PMC).

In a govern­ment res­o­lu­tion (GR) is­sued on May 16, a month’s time was given to the res­i­dents to sub­mit their views. Many meet­ings were held through­out the district re­gard­ing the cir­cu­lar.

The pro­posed PMC in­cludes City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Corporation (Cidco) ar­eas such as Kharghar, Kamothe, Kalam­boli, New Pan­vel, Taloja and Navde.

This also in­cludes 68 rev­enue vil­lages of Pan­vel taluka and Pan­vel mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil. With the re­gion rapidly de­vel­op­ing, the pop­u­la­tion is also in­creas­ing.

With agen­cies such as Cidco and MIDC present, projects like metro, pro­posed in­ter­na­tional air­port, Pan­vel ter­mi­nus, among oth­ers are in progress.

Kharghar, how­ever, has op­posed the move. Around 10,000 res­i­dents have par­tic­i­pated in a sig­na­ture cam­paign op­pos­ing the in­clu­sion of Kharghar. The pe­ti­tion was sub­mit­ted to the Raigad district col­lec­tor.

Ex­cept for BJP, all other par­ties have de­manded that a lo­cal body should be formed for Kharghar.

A district of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity, said, “With the last date for sub­mis­sion of sug­ges­tions end­ing on June 15, the ap­pli­ca­tions are be­ing scru­ti­nised.”

Soon hear­ings will be con­ducted for cit­i­zens who have sub­mit­ted their opin­ion.

“The district ad­min­is­tra­tion will then pre­pare a re­port and also de­tails of the cit­i­zens’ ob­jec­tions which will be sent to the ur­ban devel­op­ment depart­ment of the state govern­ment. An of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment of Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Corporation is pos­si­ble on July 15,” he said.

A 17-year-old ve­hi­cle thief, who had been op­er­at­ing in the city for the past sev­eral months, was ar­rested on Wed­nes­day.

The po­lice have re­cov­ered nine stolen two-wheel­ers from his pos­ses­sion. The ac­cused, a res­i­dent of the MIDC area would roam around in the city and look for ve­hi­cles parked near of­fices and pri­vate com­pa­nies. “While in­ves­ti­gat­ing a rob­bery case in Chich­pada, we de­tained him. Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion he con­fessed to the thefts,” said Bab­sa­heb Tute, po­lice in­spec­tor from Ra­bale MIDC po­lice sta­tion.

“The ac­cused sin­gle-hand­edly com­mit­ted all these crimes. He stole these ve­hi­cles in the past three months and was plan­ning to sell these to some peo­ple in the city. We are now on the look­out for those peo­ple. We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing if the ac­cused had sold them such ve­hi­cles ear­lier too,” he said.

The po­lice booked him un­der sec­tion 379 of IPC. He has been sent to a re­mand home in Bhi­wandi. “He had been steal­ing ve­hi­cles for easy money,” an­other po­lice of­fi­cer said.

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