Kalyan Dombivli still not received the Rs6,500 crore package announced by the CM
CM Fadnavis had announced a package of Rs6,500 crore for KDMC just before the civic polls, which he later denied. The municipal body has not received any such funds till date, reveals an RTI reply
The Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corp (KDMC) is yet to receive funds from the Rs6,500 crore package announced by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis last year, reveals a reply received under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. However, the CM had told the Legislative Council in December that he was talking about the smart city project of KDMC and not separate package.
According to the reply received by RTI activist Anil Galgali, Accounts Office and Public Information Officer (PIO) from KDMC said the Municipal Corp has not received any such funds from the government till date.
Ahead of the KDMC civic polls in October 2015, CM Fadnavis had announced a Rs6,500 crore package for the all-round development of Kalyan and Dombivli townships, during a campaign rally. For the 27 villages that were left out from the KDMC, the CM had promised a special package of Rs1,200 crore.
Galgali said he also filed an RTI query with the Chief Minister's office (CMO), which forwarded the RTI application to the Urban Development Department and it in turn forwarded it to the MMRDA. A reply is yet to be received, he added.
"The CM should stick to his promises. The CM had promised people of Kalyan and Dombivali of development. But if the CM fails to adhere to this, it will tarnish his and the government's image and citizens from KDMC will feel neglected," Galgali added.
Interestingly, after criticism and accusation from opposite parties for breaching code of conduct, the CM backtracked. He said he never declared any package for KDMC and all he was talking during the Vikas Parishad organised by local unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was about the smart city project in the township.
“I had never announced any package. I had announced the Smart City initiative. The KDMC has prepared a proposal of Smart City and I had spoken about that project. The government will approve the Smart City proposal sent by the KDMC, irrespective of whether it is of Rs6,000 crore, Rs7,000 crore or Rs8,000 crore,” the CM had told the Legislative Council in December 2015.