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'NMMC utilised MP funds to maximum

November 20, 2008
Kartiki shaastry.BelapurNavi Mumbai Municipal Corporation's (NMMC) Standing Committee chief Sandeep Naik has come down heavily on Shiv Sena's Member of Parliament (MP) from Thane Anand Paranjape who alleged that NMMC has not properly utilised MP funds.Paranjape has made allegations while speaking to mediapersons during his vist ot Navi Mumbai on Turesday. Naik pointed that in 1999-2000, a liabrary was built in Vashi, Sector 10A by spending Rs 10 Lakh from MP fund while civic body had spent a sum of Rs 25 lakh from MP fund while civic body had spent a sum of Rs 25 lakh in 2002-03 to construct a crematorium at Turbhe. " The money was given for the above purpose aonly and NMMC utilise it for the same," Naik said and pointed out that no money was returned by the civic body. On paranjape's grouse for not being extended invitations for any programme, Naik, said his (Paranjpe's) name was included in almost all major invitations sent by NMMC. In the projects takenunder Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) also signatures of all concerned are tacken and then the proposals are sent ot the Central government for approval.On the construction of Agri-Koli bhavan in Nerul, Naik said it has to be built by CIDCO so it is up to them how they will utilise the money from MP fund. Speaking about the developments of Ambedkar memorial in Airoli, Naik said th proposal has been tabled before NMMC in 2006 and it will cost around Rs 1.25crore. Talks are going on the memorial which will be finalised soon and then decision an utilisation of the money from MP fund will be taken. meanwhile, sources said that the MP had made all these allegations keeping in mind th election, which are scheduled to be held early next year.

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