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Shiv Sena goes on inauguration spree before code of conduct

Led by the ruling party, the BMC kicked off three projects this week and has 11 more ground breaking and inauguration ceremonies lined up in the next 15 days

Shiv Sena, the majority ruling party in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has gone on an inauguration spree as the Lok Sabha polls are just around the corner. The string of ceremonies are being organised before the election code of conduct kicks in.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Mayor Sunil Prabhu at the ground breaking ceremony of the Britannia pumping station, Reay Road on Tuesday
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Mayor Sunil Prabhu at the ground breaking ceremony of the Britannia pumping station, Reay Road on Tuesday

On Tuesday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray performed the ground breaking ceremony of Britannia water pumping station at Reay Road, one of the civic body’s most ambitious projects. Standing committee chairman performed a bhoomi pujan of a proposed sewage water treatment plant at Mahim.

Yesterday, the Sena chief inaugurated the Marol-Maroshi to Matunga water tunnel worth Rs 415 crore. The 12.02-km long tunnel will help the BMC provide better water supply, and also plug leaks and deter water thefts. Besides these, Thackeray is also slated to be present for at least 11 more functions in the city.

Credit wars
While it is typical of political parties to lavish pre-poll attention on voters with such projects, in a characteristic fashion, the parties bickered over who takes the credit.

Dhananjay Pisal, leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the BMC, said, “This is not just the Sena’s doing. It is the joint work of the whole corporation, including opposition parties that cleared the proposals. Shiv Sena is trying to grab undue credit, but the people know who has worked for them. We will see in the elections.”

Sena leader Shewale, however, countered, “This is just an attempt to reach people and fulfil the commitment we had given to them. I don’t think there is anything wrong in it.” He also added that all inaugurations would be completed before the code of conduct was enforced.

Awaiting Bhoomi Pujan


Restoration of KEM Hospital, Parel

In 2009, the contract to restore the civic hospital in central Mumbai was awarded to the Neev group, a well-known construction company. The project is estimated to cost about Rs 120 crore.

New hospital, Bhandup (East)
A new 500-bed civic hospital is slated to come up in the eastern part of Bhandup. This will be built on an amenity plot.

Gazdhar Bandh pumping station, Santacruz
This is one of the pumping stations proposed as a part of the much-delayed Brihanmumbai Storm Water Drain (Brimstowad) project. This station will help pump out flooded areas in the western suburbs through high-capacity pumps.

Restoration of Bhabha Hospital, Kurla and Shatabdi Hospital, Govandi
Civic authorities plan to kickstart work on these two peripheral hospitals in the eastern suburbs.


Cancer hospital, Reay Road

The BMC plans to commence the work on a hospital specialising in cancer treatment and care at Reay Road, on the site of the existing Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Maternity Home (in pic).

Up for inauguration

Kalpataru Training Centre, Parel
The BMC will be the first civic body in the country to have its own centre for disaster management, the City Institute of Disaster Management. This unit will be located in a four-storey building in Lower Parel. The centre will have several facilities like a command-and-control centre, classrooms, library, auditorium, gallery etc.
Cost: Rs 5 crore

Renovation of Majas market, Andheri (East)
This will be BMC’s first ever ‘mall’. The ten-storey market building will have separate parking lots, a fish market, cloth market and small galas, which will be rented out to various offices. 
Cost: Rs 70 crore

Dialysis centre
100 affordable dialysis beds through a public-private partnership model will be set up in civic-run hospitals.

Hemant Karkare Garden, Andheri (East)
This public garden spreads over a plot of land measuring 7 acres.
Cost: Rs 20 crore

BMC school, Andheri (East)
The three-storey school building has been reconstructed and will open in June for the coming academic year. The school will have a library, laboratories and a conference hall, apart from classrooms. 
Cost: Rs 12 crore


Free ambulance service

The civic authorities plan to start a 24-hour ambulance service. Those in need can call the 108 toll-free number. The BMC promises that the ambulance will reach the spot within 10 minutes. The project is on a public private partnership model.

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