No more fresh water to industries: CM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Oct 2018 09:53:45


Special Correspondent,

State-level Mayors’ conference held

NMC’s financial condition is weak: Gadkari

Give more power to Mayor: Mahadeshwar

To save more water for farming as well as drinking purpose, Maharashtra Government will stop supply of fresh water to industries and they will have to buy treated sewage water from local bodies for their industrial uses. “We will stop supply of fresh water after three years to the industries as water storages are shrinking,” said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, while addressing an inaugural function of Maharashtra Mahapour Parishad on Saturday.

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has hosted a day-long State-level Mayor’s conference at Vanamati Nagpur. Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari presided over while Mahapour Parishad President Prof Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, Nagpur Mayor Nanda Jichkar, legislators Sudhakar Deshmukh, Prof Jogendra Kawade, Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Kumar, Collector Ashwin Mudgal and Officiating Municipal Commissioner Ravindra Thakre were present on the dais.

Chief Minister, while appreciating organisers for discussing ‘Sustainable Development in Cities’ during the conference said, “Water is an economic commodity and Nagpur has shown a path to generate funds from selling recycled water to thermal power plants. Now, we have decided to give emphasis on use of treated water for industrial purpose and saved water will be provided for farming and drinking purposes.”

Fadnavis said, “State Government will not provide any land for dumping of garbage to local bodies. Now, Government will give land for scientific disposal of garbage. Around 50 Municipal Councils are preparing detailed project report (DPR) for the Solid Waste Management (SWM), while 50 Municipal Councils have received grants from the Government to produce compost from the garbage.”He said, residents of high-rise buildings should avail zero discharge technology to fulfil dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of Swachh Bharat Mission. Fadnavis also emphasised for pollution free urban transport to combat global warming as per Paris Agreement. The world will face a new challenge of its existence due to increase in pollution by developed countries, he asserted.

Fadnavis said, Pune Municipal Corporation will purchase 500 electric buses to reduce emission of carbon dioxide. He justified his decision to allow chopping of 1,500 trees to construct a Metro shed in Mumbai for underground metro rail. He assured to give more financial and administrative powers to Mayors in State and also suggested to use prevailing power in a proper way. He also expressed concern over loggerheads between Mayor and Municipal Commissioner in various municipal corporations and stated that both should work jointly for the benefit of the city.


Local body should find out new avenues for revenue: Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister said, local bodies will have to explore new avenues to increase their revenue. Referring to a recent decision of Central Government, he said, “Central Government will provide Rs 1,500 per tonne subsidy for compost. This will generate huge money for the local body. This compost fertiliser is very useful for the farming,” He also suggested to use 10 per cent waste plastic and rubber for asphalting of road. Gadkari while blasting NMC for its poor financial condition, said, “Nagpur Corporation is economically weak as it does not have money to pay salaries to employees.” He said, “State Government should extend financial help to bailout NMC as decision of providing funds of Goods and Services Tax (GST) under formula of Local Body Tax (LBT) is faulty.” He suggested delegates of Mayor’s conference to use power cautiously to prevent any untoward incident in future.

Prof Vishwanath Mahadeswar, Mayor of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) stated that Mayors should have administrative and financial power to rule the local body in proper manner. He handed over a memorandum to Fadnavis and Gadkari in this regard. Nanda Jichkar, Vice Chairman of Mahapour Parishad during the introductory remarks highlighted the development in last four years. She said, “Nagpur has taken a leap in developmental work with the help of Central and State Governments in last four years.”

She said, “State Government should give more power to Mayor to implement development in proper manner.”
Fadnavis and Gadkari also released ‘Sarathi’, a book penned by Laxmanrao Latke and a book highlighting the work done by Nanda Jichkar during her tenure. Dayashankar Tiwari, senior corporator compered the programme, while Ranjeet Chavan, Convenor of Local Self Government proposed a vote of thanks. Mayors of several cities of Maharashtra participated in the conference.

Deputy Mayor of Nagpur Deepraj Pardikar, Ruling Party leader Sandip Joshi, Standing Committee Chairman Virendra Kukreja, Leader of Opposition Tanaji Vanve, Sunil Agrawal, Chetana Tank, Sanjay Bangale, Sunil Hiranwar, Roopa Rai, Pragati Patil, Divya Dhurde, Vandana Yengatwar, Dr Ramnath Sonwane, CEO of Smart City, NMC Secretary Harish Dube and others were present.