Bawankule announces Rs 150 crore State fund to NMC for development of city


Newly elected Chairman of Standing Committee Ramesh Shingare takes charge at an impressive ceremony attended by galaxy of leaders

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Nagpur.

The Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Thursday said that the State Government will immediately extend assistance of Rs 150 crore to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for development and other works. The amount includes Rs 100 crore as special fund and Rs 50 crore as pending fund. Bawankule made this announcement while gracing the impressive ceremony where the newly elected Chairman of Standing Committee Ramesh Shingare took charge of the post.

The Guardian Minister further said that it is nothing short of a circus to achieve development of city as well as improve financial condition of NMC, take all the Corporators along and keep citizens in good mood. “Shingare will have to walk the tight rope and make his tenure successful,” said Bawankule and added that a suggestion has been forwarded to Government to make the tenures of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Standing Committee Chairman for two and half years each. He was confident that the suggestion will be considered in future. “The tenure of the outgoing Chairman Narendra Borkar was successful and now he will extend his cooperation to Shingare for betterment of NMC and the city,” hoped Bawankule. “The role of strong Opposition is paramount for good administration and overall development,” stated the Minister.

Bawankule further said the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has approved a fund of Rs 291 crore for District Planning Committee (DPC). In this financial year, a provision will be made for providing DPC fund to NMC.

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“The Zero Mile City will be fittingly developed as envisaged by top BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari and Devendra Fadnavis,” asserted Bawankule and added that the State Government has taken the outbreak of swine flu very seriously and appropriate measures have been initiated to tackle the menace.

Other dignitaries who attended the glittering ceremony, organized at the premises of NMC Headquarters in Civil Lines, include former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Mayor Pravin Datke, Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Ruling Party Leadr Dayashankar Tiwari, Leader of Opposition Vikas Thakre, all BJP MLAs from city, top NMC officials, leaders of various political parties, office-bearers, all newly elected members of Standing Committee and a large number of citizens.

At the outset, the Guardian Minister Bawankule, Mayor Datke, MLA Krishna Khopde and outgoing Standing  Committee chief Borkar felicitated Ramesh Shingare.

In his introductory speech Borkar said that he got opportunity work for only 107 days in his tenure. He thanked the senior BJP leaders for giving him the opportunity to serve NMC as Chairman of Standing Committee.

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The Leader of Opposition Vikas Thakre said that the Ruling Party is enjoying the “Achhe Din.” The party is in power at Centre and State. It is expected the new Chairman of Standing Committee will bring more and more funds for overall development of city and improving the financial condition of NMC as well. Taking a dig, Thakre said the tenure of Shingare is going to be very successful as Property Tax has been increased as soon as he was elected unopposed. Moreover, LBT is also likely to be abolished from April, 2015, stated Thakre and added that the Opposition will play a constructive role and will extend cooperation in development of city.

MLA Krishna Khopde advised the new Chairman to only focus on working of Standing Committee rather than the Ward activities. Every work could be done if Shingare is focused on the priorities, said Khopde.

Mayor Datke said that a young and energetic leader has been saddled with post of Chairman of Standing Committee. “Shingare will prove to be friendly for employees and citizens, too. The civic body is likely to receive Rs 200 crore from State Government and I am confident Shingare will utilize the fund for betterment of the city and the civic body,” said Datke.

– Rajeev ranjan kushwaha (rajeev.nagpurtoday@gmail.com