Once again raking up his familiar opposition to migrants in Mumbai,Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray paid a visit to Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte on Thursday and called for stringent action against the nexus of civic officials,policemen and elected corporators who allow shanty colonies to proliferate. Speaking to reporters after the meeting,Thackeray said Mumbais civic hospitals are increasingly burdened with patients from outside the state.
Alleging that corporators encourage slums and then slum rehabilitation projects,Thackeray said,The slums do not rise on their own. They are wilfully created. There is a nexus of corporators,police officers and BMC officials who are working towards turning huge slums into SRA projects. He said political parties are not doing enough to punish corporators and legislators who are responsible for the proliferation of slums in the financial capital. Stringent action should be taken against police officers,civic level officials,who are involved in encouraging slums this way. They should be suspended, he said. If any corporator or MLA is found to be involved in such activities in the MNS,I will dismiss him, he said.
In a more direct attack against outsiders in Mumbai,Thackeray said hospitals run by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation are largely catering to patients who belong to other states. The civic hospitals mostly have patients who have come from outside the state. It is increasing the burden on these hospitals,while the people from this city are not getting proper facilities.
Talking about the increasing population in the city,he said while the population and high rises in the city are increasing,basic amenities are not increasing at that rate. The infrastructure in the city is not enough to sustain the increasing population, he said.
The MNS chief also raised the need of taking help from private players for the development of the city. Private parties,such as builders and developers,should not only be constructing houses but should also be given the responsibility of maintaining the roads,parks and gardens in the city, he said.
He also pointed out that rainwater harvesting,which was made compulsory,has not been implemented in most new projects. On the flooding concerns in the city,he said: Unless illegal structures and slums are not removed from the banks of Mithi river,flooding will remain.
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