Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Naik demands land for jetty in Mumbai
Guardian minister pushes water transport project
Thane District Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik demanded that the Urban Haat project should be handed over to NMMC for maintenance. "CIDCO's role is to build such fine projects but ultimately they should be handed over to the civic body for maintenance and upkeep," Naik said during the inaugural function of CIDCO's Urban Haat at the Vishnudas Bhave auditorium on Monday.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who was the chief guest at the function, assured that once the process is completed, the project will surely be handed over in due course of time.
Naik also appealed to the CM to look into the delay in allocating land for a jetty near Radio Club in South Mumbai for the proposed water transport project to connect satellite city to Mumbai.
Naik, who is also state excise and environment minister, has been pursuing the authorities to push the project, which will connect Nerul to Gateway of India.
"Poor transport facilities still remains a hindrance for the city as commuters are stuck in heavy traffic and commuting to Mumbai takes hours. The water transport project can prove to be a boon as people can reach Mumbai in just 30 minutes by jetty. I request the CM to sanction the land at the earliest to facilitate movement on this stretch and provide commuters a viable alternative," the minister said.
Expressing unhappiness with CIDCO's system of allocating land to social organisations, Naik said, "I defer with the system as only the rich organisations will benefit from this system." Chavan promised to do the needful to ensure better transport facilities between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

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