KDMC corporators ask not to separate villages from civic body

The Sarvapakshiya Hakka Saurakshan Sangharsh Samiti has been demanding relentlessly for a seperate civic body for the 27 villages after they were added to KDMC in 2015

KDMC corporators ask not to separate villages from civic body

The corporators of Kalyan Dombivli (also spelt as Dombivali) Municipal Corporation (KDMC) recently wrote to urban development minister and Thane’s guardian minister Eknath Shinde and appealed to not separate the 27 villages from the civic body. A decision from the minister is yet to come.

The 27 villages were added the municipal corporation in June 2015, just months before the KDMC civic polls. Since then, the all-party union (Sarvapakshiya Hakka Saurakshan Sangharsh Samiti) has been demanding a separate civic body for the villages, that were earlier under gram panchayat.

In their letter to the minister, the corporators said that several works are in progress in the 27 villages and funds for the same has been sanctioned. The corporators stated that the developmental works will be stalled if the villages are removed from the civic body.

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“Work on a water supply network under Amrut Yojana worth ₹112 crores has started. If the villages are separated, where will the 60-tonne waste generated in the villages go? We do not want another dumping ground in the village,”  Moreshwar Bhoir, corporator from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) told HT.

He added that along with KDMC, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has been the planning authority for the villages for various developmental works. He also said that the authority has prepared a plan for a growth centre.

Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena and BJP corporators have urged the minister to consider their demands and not separate the villages from the civic body.

However, the all-party union has raised their demand for a separate civic body again.

“In the past five years, the civic body has not done a single work in the villages. Only sanctioning funds will not develop the villages. A dedicated municipal body will ensure the villages are developed fast,” Chandrakant Patil, representative of all party union told HT.

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