‘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

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI -

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.

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