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Uddhav Thackeray promises ₹100 crore to KDMC for development projects

On Thursday, during a visit to Dombivali, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced to give ₹100 crore for its development

Uddhav Thackeray promises ₹100 crore to KDMC for development projects
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The state government has finally started to notice the poor condition of roads and increasing levels of pollution in Kalyan-Dombivali area. On Thursday, during a visit to Dombivali, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced to give ₹100 crore for its development.

Addressing the issue of pollution in the area, CM Thackeray also directed all chemical companies to install necessary equipments to stop the pollution while finalising a three-point action plan to check the pollution in Dombivali.

The announcements are said to give a boost to the development of the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC), which is lagging on the said aspect. The development comes after an incident of the road turning pink due to chemical pollution came to light. The Shiv Sena chief visited Dombivali with Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray.

Thackeray also held a meeting to discuss the development of KDMC. The meeting was attended by guardian minister Eknath Shinde and his son, Shrikant Shinde who is also a Lok Sabha member, chief secretary Ajoy Mehta, principal secretary of urban development Manisha Mhaiskar, mayor of KDMC Vinita Rane, Thane collector Rajendra Narvekar, and member secretary of the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) E Ravindran.

During the meeting, the chief minister said thta KDMC should finalise its priorities and accordingly, send the projects that they first want to complete.

"The state will give ₹100 crore fund for the development based on the proposal of KDMC,” CM Thackeray announced in the meeting.

He further instructed KDMC Commissioner Govind Bodkhe to focus on cleanliness, transport island, milling and finishing process for the construction of roads instead of constructing concrete roads. Meanwhile, CM Thackeray asked the commissioner to 'kick out' illegal hawkers.

The chief minister took a strong stand on the issue of pollution in Dombivali and finalised a three-phase action plan to tackle the debacle of pollution in the area.

“In the first phase, all polluting plants will have to install equipments to check the pollution at their level. if they do not follow this, these plants will be closed,” CM warned.

In the second phase, as suggested by MP Shrikant Shinde, the factories will have to replace the current pipeline with a new pipeline to carry waste in these plants. The final and third phase will look at shifting hazardous plants out of Dombivali.

CM Thackeray has instructed officials to complete the survey in 15 days to suggest which plants should be shifted.

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