Residents divided over Kharghar
PUBLIC HEARING Villagers support Panvel Municipal Corporation; Cidco nodes, Taloja industrialists oppose inclusion
The hearing on the formation of the proposed Panvel Municipal Corporation (PMC) was conducted on Saturday.
The municipal corporation will be formed by expanding the Panvel Municipal Council area to include the nearby villages and the nodes developed by City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco).
The hearing at Konkan Bhavan hall in CBD Belapur was conducted by Cidco joint managing V Radha, who has the charge of the Konkan divisional commissioner in his absence.
A large number of people were present for the hearing with slogans being raised by some in favour and against PMC.
An interesting feature of the hearing was that while BJP supporters were in favour of municipal corporation , those from the opposition parties were seen opposing it.
Suggestions and objections had been sought from residents of the proposed PMC area after a GR was issued by the state government on May 29. Almost 4,000 suggestions and objections had been submitted to the district collector.
Kharghar residents and those from Cidco nodes such as Kamothe, some of who are opposing the move to be included in PMC, attended the first round of the hearing.
HS Kalavat, secretary of Kharghar Housing Federation, said: “We are opposed to the inclusion of Kharghar in PMC. CIDCO has developed our node over the years and can continue to do so. The other option is to declare us a distinct identity as Kharghar has Parsik Hill on one side and Taloja river on the other. We should have an independent administration for Kharghar.”
Brijesh Patel, another resident, said: “Development does not only mean Central Park and golf course. Cidco has not yet constructed a single public toilet in the node. The roads are in a pathetic state and none of the nodes have a good hospital.”
He added, “If we are included in PMC, we will get central and state funds that can be used for development.”
Following the first session with the CIDCO node residents, the hearing of Panvel residents was conducted followed by the hearing of industrialists of Taloja TTC area. They too are opposed to PMC and had even approached the chief minister on the issue. They fear imposition of additional taxes by the proposed civic body.
The residents of Panvel welcomed the proposed PMC, hoping it will bring development to the area.