Municipal Corporations should focus on assured development of cities: Fadnavis

CM urges civic bodies to create more revenue sources

Nagpur: “The biggest challenge in the 21st century is that of existence. In the next 10-20 years, the global temperature is going to be increased by two degrees. The effect of this rise in temperature could be seen in the form of drought and water shortage. To overcome this peril, measures to lessen emission of carbon would have to be initiated. Considering the booming population, the sewage and transport system would be polluting factor in the cities. To avoid this, decentralisation of sold waste management and sewerage is necessary. The Municipal Corporations should create more and more sources of revenue and focus on assured and sustainable development in cities,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday.

Fadnavis was speaking after inaugurating 18th Mayors’ Conference held at Vasantrao Naik Agriculture Research Centre (Vanamati) here. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari presided over the programme. Other dignitaries present on the dais include President of Mayors’ Council and Mayor of Mumbai Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, Mayor Nanda Jichkar, MLC Jogendra Kawade, MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Sudhakar Kohale, Divisional Commissioner Sanjiv Kumar, District Collector Ashwin Mudgal, Municipal Commissioner Ravindra Thakre, Deputy Mayor Deepraj Pardikar, and others.

At the outset, the event was inaugurated by Fadnavis by lighting the traditional lamp. He said, “Pollution is created most by the developed nations. However, a developing country like India has marched towards assured and sustainable development. But it is necessary to shift the transport system on electric and bio fuel. The system will reduce the pollution to great extent. The atmosphere in cities is being polluted by sewage and transport system and now focus should be on reducing carbon emission,” Fadnavis stressed.

“From now onwards, cities will not be provided lands for dumping grounds. However, land will be made available for solid waste management process,” the Chief Minister said and added garbage dumping has been barred in cities. The civic bodies should have agenda for reuse of sewage water by using new technologies and a source of revenue for them as well. The civic bodies should accord priority for solid waste management, zero percent garbage, garbage separation, fertiliser generation out of garbage etc” he said.