Only faulty me­ters should be re­placed im­me­di­ately: Mayor

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NCP state pres­i­dent Su­nil Tatkare on Fri­day said that his party will ally with like-minded par­ties at the lo­cal level in Pan­vel to con­test the Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions.

He said the ex­clu­sion of 36 vil­lages from the pro­posed Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (PMC) will not make much of a dif­fer­ence as the NCP will make up for it in the zilla par­ishad elec­tions. Tatkare was speak­ing in Kalam­boli where he at­tended a party work­ers’ meet called for the elec­tions.

Speak­ing to me­di­a­per­sons, Tatkare said, “We or­gan­ised the meet to work out the strat­egy for the elec­tions and get ideas from the work­ers along with boost­ing their morale ahead of the elec­tions of the cor­po­ra­tion and zilla par­ishad, in the re­gion.”

Tatkare, who had ear­lier in his speech said that the ex­clu­sion of 36 vil­lages from PMC by the gov­ern­ment was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated, said, “It will not make a dif­fer­ence to us. We will make up for it by win­ning from the vil­lages in the zilla par­ishad elec­tions.”

Speak­ing of the party’s strat­egy, Tatkare said, “Elec­tions are to be held in 210 mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils, 17 mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions and 27 zilla par­ishads. As the state chief, I have de­cided that the NCP will con­test the elec­tions un­der its sym­bol and not form a front.”

He said, “How­ever, at the lo­cal level, we will al­low our lead­ers to form fronts with par­ties that share our ide­ol­ogy. Such fronts have been formed in the re­gion ear­lier with PWP and the Congress. We will go for it again if the lo­cal lead­er­ship de­cides.”

On the de­mand for an in­de­pen­dent Kharghar mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion for which a PIL has been filed, Tatkare said, “Kharghar is not el­i­gi­ble for a mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion as it does not have the req­ui­site pop­u­la­tion and the area.”

Claim­ing that the gov­ern­ment had failed on all fronts, Tatkare said, “Big an­nounce­ments had been made by the BJP gov­ern­ment, but there has been lit­tle im­ple­men­ta­tion.”

He added, “They are now try­ing to bring in a law where more than 100 peo­ple can’t gather with­out po­lice per­mis­sion even for pri­vate fam­ily func­tions. Fol­low­ing op­po­si­tion, they have with­drawn it for dis­cus­sion. We will con­tinue to op­pose it.”

Mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane, once again lashed out at mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe over the con­tro­ver­sial AMR wa­ter me­ter re­place­ment is­sue. He de­manded that only faulty me­ters be re­placed as of now, and that the com­mis­sioner not mis­use his power.

The con­tro­ver­sial AMR wa­ter me­ter re­place­ment plan of the NMMC ran into rough weather once again in the gen­eral body meet­ing on Fri­day.

The meet­ing, that was abruptly ad­journed by the mayor, was also rocked by NCP’s ob­jec­tion over the ab­sence of the com­mis­sioner.

Ex­pla­na­tions by mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe and the ad­min­is­tra­tion prior to the meet­ing and also in the house seemed to have lit­tle ef­fect

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence af­ter the gen­eral body meet­ing was ad­journed on Fri­day, Son­awane said, “The AMR wa­ter me­ters are not eas­ily avail­able in the mar­ket. Peo­ple are be­ing fleeced be­cause of it. The ad­min­is­tra­tion should first check for faulty me­ters and then re­place only those im­me­di­ately. Give oth­ers some time.”

“When MSEDCL had changed me­ters from ana­log to elec­tronic, it had done so on its own and then col­lected the rental charges from con­sumers. The sys­tem be­ing fol­lowed by the civic ad­min­is­tra­tion is not right,” he said.

The mayor said if the com­mis­sioner in­sists that me­ters need to be in­stalled to pro­vide 24x7 wa­ter sup­ply, then he can give it to the con­sumers and later col­lect rent. If the con­sumer wants to pur­chase it him­self, then spec­i­fi­ca­tions should be given.

“We are not say­ing no to me­ters. Un­der JNNURM, we have given a com­mit­ment of 100% me­ter­ing and it has been done in the city. We have also taken a de­ci­sion that those us­ing upto 30,000 litres of wa­ter are to be charged at Rs50 and con­sump­tion above it will be as per the tele­scopic rates,” said Son­awane.

The mayor said he ex­tended full sup­port to the com­mis­sioner to take ac­tion against peo­ple who are try­ing to steal wa­ter.

“We are not against Mundhe but against his style of func­tion­ing. He needs to work within the frame­work of law and not mis­use his pow­ers,” he said.

With thou­sands of ve­hi­cles ex­pected to head to­wards the Konkan re­gion for Ganeshotsav, Navi Mumbai traf­fic po­lice has taken mea­sures to tackle the heavy rush on the high­ways.

Po­lice­men will be de­ployed on the high­ways 24x7 to en­sure free flow of traf­fic for the devo­tees head­ing to Konkan re­gion.

The po­lice have iden­ti­fied the traf­fic snarl prone ar­eas be­tween Navi Mumbai and Pan­vel. Two as­sis­tant com­mis­sion­ers of po­lice led by a deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice will keep a watch on the en­tire se­cu­rity sys­tem that will in­clude 32 po­lice of­fi­cers and 380 per­son­nel.

In view of reg­u­lar traf­fic snarls at Kalam­boli cir­cle, booths have been erected at five places. Th­ese are at Sharayu Mo­tor in Turbhe, Kalam­boli cir­cle, at D point on Uran road from Kalam­boli cir­cle, Palaspe Phata and fi­nally at Manora Kharpada toll naka. Con­sta­bles will guide mo­torists from th­ese points.

The po­lice have in­stalled CCTV cam­eras at Palaspe traf­fic chowky and Kharpada toll naka. It will help them con­trol traf­fic up to 10 kms.

The gov­ern­ment has pro­vided a free toll pass to Ganesh devo­tees to en­sure that they use the ex­press­way that be­gins from Kalam­boli to head to Konkan re­gion.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic) Arvind Salve Mem­bers of Nakwa Si­taram Bhagat San­skru­tik Man­dal dec­o­rate the venue at Sec­tor 14 in San­pada on Fri­day. The 10-day fes­ti­val starts on Mon­day.

said, “With Ganeshotsav start­ing from Mon­day, most of the ve­hi­cles are ex­pected to pass from the city dur­ing the week­end.”

He said, “Around 2,000 ST buses and 1,000 pri­vate buses along with thou­sands of pri­vate cars are ex­pected to pass each day in the ini­tial phase of the fes­tiv­ity.”

He added, “We have made ar­range­ments for traf­fic con­trol ac­cord­ingly. We will en­sure that the devo­tees have a has­sle free ride when the start or pass through the city.”

State high­way po­lice has de­ployed 611 per­son­nel on the 475 long Pan­vel to Sind­hudurg stretch. Raigad po­lice has in­stalled CCTV cam­eras at 16 places be­tween Kharpada to Ma­had.

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