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Abhitash SinghJune 15, 2019


Budget of Rs. 2 crore alloted for herbal and botanical garden in 2019-20

On one hand the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) failed to utilize even a single penny of budget allocation of Rs. 50 lakh in 2018-19 for the mangrove plantation and conservation and Rs.2 crores for herbal and botanical gardens which was allocated by the Tree Authority Committee. Again, this financial year that is 2019-20, the budget allocation for mangrove plantation and conservation and also herbal and botanical gardens has remain unchanged.

Even in 2017-18 the funds allotted under the heads of mangrove plantation and conservation was Rs. 50 lakh and for herbal and botanical gardens Rs. 3 crores were set aside. From last three financial period that is 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 the budget has been untouched. Many environmentalists and activists from the city have raised queries as to why civic body is failing to utilize the budget allocated for such genuine work in the city.

In 2017-18, during the budget speech, the then NMMC Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe told that the civic body has planned a mangrove park in the city and it was to be developed for eco-tourism in association with the Forest Department. But even in that year the civic body failed to utilize a single rupee for both mangrove plantation and conservation and herbal and botanical garden in spite of the budget allocations by one of the richest municipal corporation.

Dr. Jayaji Nath, NCP Corporator and Social Worker from Belapur, said, “It is really a serious issue. I don’t understand why the civic body is not able to use the budget allocated for such a good and environment purpose. The amount allocations for both mangrove plantation and conservation as well as herbal and botanical garden is happening since last 3-4 years but it is sad that the administration are failing in utilising it. Even in 2019-20 budget, NMMC Commissioner Dr. Ramaswami N. has set the same budget that is Rs. 50 Lakh for mangrove plantation and conservation and Rs. 2 crores for herbal and botanical garden. We are hopeful that this time the funds will be utilised for good.”

Dinesh KamathMay 29, 2019


NMMC focuses on cleaning of nallahs and gutters before monsoon starts

Just before the monsoon begins, NMMC is focusing on cleaning the nallahs and gutters so that there won’t be accumulation of rainwater. 95 percent of the work of gutter cleaning has been done. The work on nallah cleaning is 86% complete. The waste management department is making all the efrots to complete the work by 30 May as instructed by municipal commissioner Dr Ramaswami N.

The municipal commissioner has given strict orders that during the monsoon period, the city residents should not face any kind of problems. He has asked the waste management department to get all the nullahs and gutters of the city totally cleaned so that no problem occurs during the monsoon. He has asked even the concerned department’s ward officers and executive engineers and the nodal officers of every ward to achieve the goal that he has set for them.

Abhitash SinghMay 29, 2019


Hospitals opened but no doctors due to delay in appointments

Airoli Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Sandip Naik has written a letter to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and has asked him to give a nod to the proposal of the doctor’s appointment in the city hospitals as soon as possible.

Taking in mind the increasing number of population in the city the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) started three hospitals in Airoli, Nerul and Belapur area. The hospital is ready but it has no doctor’s because the state government is sitting on the proposal since long. The NMMC administration has already send the proposal for the appointments of the doctor but as of now no decision has been taken on it.

Sandip Naik, MLA, Airoli constituency said, “ I am doing a follow up with Maharastra CM Devendra Fadnavis and also have written a letter to him that he should immediately look into the matter and should give the approval to the proposal on an urgent basis. I am also doing a follow up with Ranjeet Patil, Minister of State Urban Development and Dr. Nitin Kareer, Principal Secretary, Urban Development. I have sent the letter on 27th May, 2019 and I will be waiting for the positive response from the ministry.”

The NMMC have already appointed nurses in all the three hospital but they are just waiting for the doctor’s appointment.



Abhitash SinghJanuary 9, 2019


No casualty reported but savings worth more than Rs.10 lakhs destroyed.

Navi Mumbai has been witnessing the regular fire incidents from past one month. Earlier there have been fire in the forest of Nerul and Panvel created by some miscreants which inquiry is still going on. Today on 9th January, 2019 another fire incident was reported in Koper Khairane shanties at around 9am in the morning.

More than 15 shanties were charred. Even though there were no casaulties reported at the spot but the savings worth more than Rs.10 lakhs were burned in thefire.

“The fire would have been caught due to the cylinder blast in one of the shanties or either by short circuit. We are investigating the cause of fire. Around 15slums were burnt badly and their belongings and hard earned money also got burnt in it. The person in whose shanty fire caught has been detained by us for inquiry” informed Suryakant Jagdale a senior police inspector of Koper Khairane police station.

He further added that, “The actual cause of the fire will be known after detailed investigation when the fire department experts will submit their report.”

Speaking to the Newsband Correspondent NMMC fire officer Amrutanand Borade said, “We have deployed 20 personnel and nine fire engines were rushed from Airoli, Vashi, Nerul and Pawane area. The fire was brought under control in 2 hours’ time. Since it was a slum with narrow lanes we faced some difficulties.”

One police official on the condition of anonymity said, “This work would have been of some miscreants. We would be doing further investigation and will come to the conclusion.”

Anarjit Chauhan an activist from Navi Mumbai said, ” I don’t know why there have been regular fire incidents in Navi Mumbai. Leaving today incident wherefire took place either due to short circuit or cylinder blast, the past fire in Panvel & Nerul is by some unknown trespassers. They deliberately set dry grass onfire and the reason fire quickly spreads and destroys the biodiversity. This is such a shame. We have urged the forest authority to strictly deal with the culprits who are regularly causing such widespread damage.”

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