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Milind Deora complains of ‘decision deficit’ in Maharashtra

Union minister of state says he believes in CM’s 'sincerity,but questions slow pace.

Union minister of state and MP from South Mumbai Milind Deora has lamented the slow pace of decision-making in Maharashtra and delays in key projects in Mumbai,while acknowledging Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan’s corruption-free governance.

The two-term MP first tweeted this yesterday,apparently after reading news reports that Mumbai’s Taraporewala Aquarium makeover had got delayed due to a fresh tendering process. “Mumbai’s Aquarium & Zoo revamp further delayed. No progress on Girni Kamgar issue & Sewri-Nhava Sea Link. Severe decision deficit in Maha,” he wrote,setting off a handful of retweets and responses. However,he acknowleged Chavan’s clean image in response to one post,saying: “I too believe in his intent and sincerity.”

Talking to The Indian Express later,the 35-year-old Congress leader reiterated that while there is no doubting the chief minister’s sincerity,he could not understand why projects that are “political no-brainers”,with no opposition from any quarter,were unable to take off in quick time.

The aquarium may be a very small project,he said,but could improve the quality of life for Mumbaiites. “These are projects that no party could possibly have any opposition to. I can’t understand why speedy implementation does not take place,” he said.

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Governance would be impossible if a “perfect solution” was awaited for every problem,Deora said. “Anyway,that’s not what good leadership is about.”

“What I tweeted is not about one individual or even one party. The zoo,for example,is a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation project,” Deora said,blaming “lack of political will across parties” and “lethargy” for the increasingly decrepit city.

So long as processes and policies were transparent and clean,projects should be set rolling,the MoS,Communications and Information Technology,stressed. The proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport and water transportation projects along Mumbai’s coastlines have also been dragging on for far too long,he pointed out.

Of the projects he tweeted about,only housing for millworkers is politically sensitive. The Mumbai Trans-Harbour Sea Link is currently under tendering with a first round of prequalification complete.

While Deora added that he believes Chavan’s clean image and administrative skills would actually help him execute projects,various anti-CM camps have been active in the past month,especially after the Congress’s poor showing in a series of local body elections followed by the party being outwitted by ally NCP at the zilla parishad presidentship polls.

Deora’s apparent public censure of the state government could be posturing against the backdrop of a keen tug-of-war currently underway for the post of the Mumbai Region Congress Committee president,party sources said.

Chavan has in the past defended the slow pace of decision-making saying he has prioritised setting clear policies first instead of dealing with issues on a case-by-case basis.