Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Min Naik Bats for Pre-2000 slums

Allays fears of slum dwellers following HC Order against illegal huts
Thane District Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik has assured that the slums that came up in the city prior to 2000 will be given all the protection, subject to the final order by the Supreme Court on the petition pending in this regard. Naik also ordered the officials concerned to initiate action against slumlords who are encroaching upon government land and cheating innocent people.

Addressing a rally of slum dwellers at Turbhe Stores, Naik said that after regularizing the slums till 1995, the state government has already filed a petition in this regard with the Supreme Court. While there will be no action against the slums till 1995, we will try and provide all possible protection to the slums that have come up before 2000, subject to the SC order,” Naik said.

Panic triggered among people after the MIDC, CIDCO and civic authorities issued eviction notices to people following issued eviction notices to people following the Bombay High Court order to remove unauthorized construction on government land. Given the high confusion among general public regarding the notices, MLA Sandeep Naik had organised the public meeting
During the meeting, Ganesh Naik elaborated on every aspect of the issue so as to clear the confusion among thousands of people gathered for the meeting. Besides Sandeep Naik, MIDC officials, Thane Tehsildar Krishna jadhav, BDO Balasaheb Chatur, former chairman of NMMT Sasi Damodaran, local Police officials, corporations, and other office bearers were also present at the meeting.

Naik explained that the notices issued by authorities concerned are for survey of unauthorized constructions on government land and not for demokition of houses. “Those who have got the notices should submit the ownership documents to the authorities concerned. Around 90% houses in Turbhe Stores are pre-1995. Since the government is regularized these constructions, their demolition is out of question,” Naik said adding, “Slum dwellers should be assured that no action will be taken against them. I will even go to jail to protect the slum dwellers in the city.”
He also came down heavily on the self proclaimed saviours of slum dwellers. “Some people are trying to gain political mileage over the issue of notices. These people are misleading innocent people creating issues which do not exist. People should be aware of such leaders,” Naik said. He also assured the slum dwellers that everyone would get a pukka house once the SRA scheme is implemented in the city.

Relief for industries

Ganesh Naik orders reduction in property tax
Vashi : Thane District Gurardian Minister Ganesh Naik has agreed to consider a review of the tax structure applicable to industrial units situated in TTC MIDC area. It has brought a sigh of relief to an estimated 4,354 small and large industrial units in the area.
The industries, especially those organized under the banner of the Small Scale Entrepreneurs Association, have been fighting against NMMC for remaining out of its clutches. They filed a writ in the Bombay high court which dismissed it. They went in appeal to the supreme Court which also refused to give relief to them.
That provided the necessary lever to Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation which intensified its drive to recover the arrears of tax from them. During the last month or so, it served notices on 618 of them and initiated recovery proceedings against 223 of them who failed to pay up. It sealed the factory premises of 72 other defaulter. In this manner, it has managed to rake in Rs 32 crore of the total of Rs 52 Crores owed by the industries.
It is under these trying circumstances that a delegation consisting of representatives the large units, Small Scale Industries Association called on the Guardian minister Ganesh naik seeking his intervention. After hearing their grievances, Naik ordered NMMC to consider reducing tax rates. He also ordered that the time limit of two weeks given to the industries for clearing the arrears be extended to four weeks. He also directed NMMC to draft a proposal for reducing of taxes and bring it before the General Body during its next meeting. All these decision have brought a sigh of relief among the industrialists.
The meeting was attended by Mayor Sagar Naik, Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nahata, MP Dr Sanjeev Naik, MLA Sandeep Naik and Standing Committee Chairman Anant Sutar among others.

Use CCTV cameras to monitor Ganpati, Ramzan Crowds: Naik

Guardian Minster talks with senior police, admn officials to ensure security during festivals
DNA Correspondent.
In Order to see the festival season concludes in a peaceful and harmonious manner, Thane District Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik recently instructed administrative and police department heads from the region to resort to strict and hi-tech security measures.
Residents of the satellite city and rest of the district are all geared up to celebrate the festivals of Ramzan Eid and Ganeshotsav on September 10 and September 11 respectively, even as Janmashtami was celebrated in a peaceful manner on Thursday.
During the meeting held with Boisar MP Baliram Jadhav, MLA Vilas Tare, Thane District Collector AL Jarhad; Municipal Commissioners of Thane, Navi Mumbai, Mira-Bhayander and Ulhasnagar; City Commissioner of Police Ahmed Javed and Thane (Rural) Superintendant of Police Visheas Nangare-Patil at the state Secretariat, Naik asked the senior officials to focus on maintaining law and order in the region.
The minister, who also heads the Excise and Non-con-ventional Energy Departments in the cabinet, asked the officials to install metal detectors and CCTV cameras in the premises of the Ganesh Pandals that attract scores of devotees. At the places of immersions, Naik ordered to deploy swinmmers, pressing of serviced boats and make available life jackets.
“We will be training activists of Ganesh pandals in view of ensuring tight security during the festival. Apart from that CCTV cameras will be installed on the routes heading to immersion places,” Javed said.
Speaking about the TMC’s preparations, Thane Civic chief preparations, Thane civic chief R A Rajeev briefed the minister that the corporation had created eight artificial ponds, while Ganesh idols acceptance centres will be opened on the day of immersion.