The state government has decided to give a facelift to the newly formed Palghar district by extending the parameters of the smart city project. A part of the tribal development budget would be specially earmarked to ensure the region’s development, keeping in mind the environmental concerns as also lifestyle.
At an internal meeting held last week, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis rolled out the plan laying emphasis on combating the menace of malnourishment, the biggest challenge in the district. Palghar, which was created on August 1, 2014, after the bifurcation of Thane district, is still awaiting a comprehensive policy that would take its development ahead.
To tackle the problems of malnourishment, Fadnavis has made it mandatory for the government to provide nutritious food for six months to pregnant women.
Palghar, about 87 km from Mumbai, has eight assembly segments and talukas -Vasai-Virar, Palghar, Talasari, Dabahu, Jawahar, Mokhada, Wada and Vikramgad. Out of these, Jawahar, Mokhad and Vikramgad talukas have been, for several decades, facing horrible malnourishment.
To begin with, Fadnavis has urged senior tribal affairs minister Vishnu Sawara to ensure that all the 54 departments required for the independent functioning of the district are in Palghar itself. At present, half the departments are still in Thane. He has also sought a detailed report of the progress of the work within the next two months.
Sawar, who also is the guardian minister of the district, said: “In the next two months, we will have to streamline the infrastructure to facilitate smooth administrative functioning in the region. The locals of Palghar are often caught between administrative hassles between Palghar and Thane.”