Res­i­dents di­vided over Kharghar

PUB­LIC HEAR­ING Vil­lagers sup­port Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion; Cidco nodes, Taloja in­dus­tri­al­ists op­pose in­clu­sion

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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.

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