‘I have zero-tolerance policy for encroachments’
RESULT-ORIENTED VISION NMMC chief, who took charge two months ago, says that he believes in consensus, but if that doesn’t happen he will use his powers
important. authority that has done it. I did not stop any inauguration. When the invitation card for Ghansoli depot inauguration was shown to me, I said follow the protocol guidelines laid down in the law else there will be problems. There are rules that stipulate that the guardian minister should be invited for projects financed by government, for local body programmes, the mayor should inaugurate. I asked my officers to choose whoever fits in the protocol. If you go beyond it, I will not allow it. I do not have anything against any person per se and no colour should be given to the decision. Similarly in case of the firemen houses in Nerul, they said their children’s school was starting but inauguration was holding up the possession of the flats. I asked the keys to be handed over to them. I cannot hold up projects and development for want of inauguration functions. committee resolutions that the committee has the right to decide on, despite having the powers to take a decision on them. When have I not given them importance? When they ask for it, I give them time and they can also meet me between 4 pm and 5 pm every day. Of course, I cannot meet them in the midst of a meeting. As for the mayor, I did call him when I took charge and spoke to him about his priorities. There have been personal engagements after that and we also met during the general body meeting. I was just busy and it is not as if I deliberately didn’t go. Besides check the Act to find out who should be given what respect. It says that I am an officer of the civic body and the mayor too is an authority. It is not a question of big or small. The respect is reciprocal. If I give respect he will give, if he doesn’t give me respect, I will not. This is your city, our city. If you want to truly make it the city of the 21st century, pay your taxes in time and we assure you of quality services. Cleanliness is very important. If you throw garbage outside your house, you dirty the city. Segregation of garbage is very important. Park your vehicles at right places. Our duty is to provide quality service and we shall do it. The citizens too have their duties. We need to work together. If the entire population of almost 15 lakh residents ensure proper water usage, cleanliness, pay taxes in time, observe parking discipline, stop spitting and have civic sense, it will not take long for Navi Mumbai to be a smart city.