Only faulty meters should be replaced immediately: Mayor
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 Following opposition, they have withdrawn it for discussion.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.