Sunday, August 30, 2009

Go the ECO friendly immersion way this Ganesh Utsav with artificial ponds

MCGM and NMMC has created many artificial ponds across the city in an effort to curb the pollution that its caused to the water bodies post every Ganesh Chathurthi. But how many people are aware of the ways that they can follow to go all the way for an eco-friendly Ganpati celebration.
This year in Mumbai alone, the Ganpati celebrations is seeing over a 100,000 sarvajanik and household idols of Lord Ganesha immersed in the sea and lakes. This means an ever increasing rise in the faith and devotion of His believers. Unfortunately, this also means is that water bodies all over India will get another annual dose of thousands of tones of plaster of Paris, polythene bags, thermocol, plastics, and toxic chemical dyes. In the early days, idols were made of clay and painted with natural colors. But with rising costs and increasing demand, the manufacturing process has become more commercialised. Manufacturers have been using plaster of paris and artificial colors in lieu of the biodegradable materials used earlier causing a lot of harm. For instance after the idols are immersed, they’re found washed up all over the beach as Plaster of Paris is insoluble in water. The chemicals in the colors dissolve in the water, making it toxic and killing several aquatic animals. The festival in its present form has not only been harming the environment but also showing disrespect to India’s favorite deity. But in the NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik, the city has found strong voices urging to promote artificial pond to celebrate Ganeshutsav the green way.
On the other hand, Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik has also reiterated during meetings the need to promote artificial ponds. Artificial ponds have been made in both Mumbai and in Navi Mumbai at three places at Vashi, Kopri and Nerul. So if you are going to be a part of immersion rituals soon, here’s your chance of joining the mission of your bit for environment by celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi the eco-friendly way at artificial ponds.
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Election code of conduct makes it a pre-poll extravaganza in NMMC

In order to ensure that no public work gets hampered after the code of conduct comes under effect, the NMMC Standing Committee approved proposals worth Rs. 15 Crores 50 lacs in back to back two meetings held this week. Take a look at where all your taxes are being spent with a report from the NMMC Standing Committee meet.

With the election code of conduct looming large, the ruling front of NMMC is in the rush to clear pending proposals. This was evident as back to back to Standing Committee meetings were held this week on two consecutive days. The Standing Committee cleared over 60 proposals on the agenda, sanctioning civic projects worth over Rs 15.5 Crore.
Besides this the Standing Committee approved 28 administrative proposals that show an estimated budget of Rs. 5 Crore 80 Lacs 13 Thousand 948 for various public work. After this approval, the administration will now call for tenders for these proposals. In totality over 60 proposals were approved to execute civic projects worth over Rs 15 Crore 49 lacs 76 thousand 905. After the two marathon meetings and evident rush to clear proposals of corporators before the election code of conduct, Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik said that they just want to ensure that public work is not hampered during election period.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Swine flu scare makes independence day celebrations a low key affair

Under the cover of the swine flu scare, Independence Day 2009 became a rather low-key affair in the city. Nonetheless every celebration was full of fervor, ardent devotion and immense patriotism.

At the Thane Collector’s Office, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik hoisted the flag in the presence of Thane Collector A Jharhad and Thane CP Anil Dhere. Civilians, students, freedom fighters were honored at the hands of Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik for their noteworthy contributions.
NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik hoisted the national flag at the KK ward office.
Unfortunately, the state’s continuous directives on swine flu scare ended up in robbing the spirit of Independence Day celebrations especially for city schools that remained shut on the day. However, despite the swine flu scare, one did see many acknowledging the sacrifices of freedom fighters by participating with patriotic fervor in ID celebrations across the city.

Standing Committee takes up dissussion of Swine Flu

Soon after NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik took charge of the meeting, the issue of swine flu and the steps needed to tackle the same at NMMC level were taken up for discussion. As soon as Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik walked in the standing committee meeting hall. Chairman Sandeep Naik shared with members why he and the Commissioner called late by 15 minutes. He acknowledged the fact that Chairman Sandeep Naik proposed discussions on swine flu first. Chairman Sandeep Naik addressed the criticality of swine flu and the need to impart the right information to the corporators and citizens to ensure that fear was not created but at the same time precautions were taken. He said that it was needed that the corporation should have its own stock of medicines and masks for swine flu for any emergency.He added that they would call for a special meeting for corporators so that they were educated on the disease and its precautions. Chairman Sandeep Naik informed that corporators have to play mediators between NMMC administration and citizens. He added that the NMMC had a system to take any critical case for test and diagnosis to Kasturba Hospital. The Chairman has also advised the administration to begin a help desk at the NMMC hospitals and medical center with toll free numbers for ensuring the right communication of the disease to citizens.

Water mgmt award for NMMC

For the second consecutive year, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has bagged the National Urban Water Award 2009 for excellence in water management and service to urban poor. The award was conferred upon by President Pratibha Patil at a ceremony held in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on Thursday. NMMC won the award for providing round-the-clock water supply to the city, even in slums and gaothan areas at lower rate and curbing wastage of the precious resource. Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nahata and Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik accepted the award on behalf of the civic body.Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Minister of State for Urban Development Saugata Roy, Secretary of Urban Development Ministry Dr M Ramchandran and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.Over 90 nominations from various cities across the country were received for the award this year. Nahata made a detailed presentation before a team of 13 experts of NMMC's achievements in water management and waste management while answering queries raised by them. The award was instituted by the Government of India in 2008. The award, instituted by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), is aimed at honouring urban local governments and water boards that had taken significant steps towards effective water management and improvement in service delivery.It was only befitting that Sandeep Naik received the award, since he was instrumental in getting the pipelines laid to bring the water to the city, the dam for which was envisioned by his father Ganesh Naik in early 2000 and the plan was executed by his older brother Sanjeev Naik, who was then the Mayor of Navi Mumbai, despite much opposition from all quarters.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

NMMC Standing Committee approves over Rs. 25 crores worth tenders to carry out sewerage lines work in city Gaonthan areas

The NMMC Standing Committee approved tenders bid over Rs. 25 Crores for carrying out sewerage lines work in gaonthan areas. The contractor to win the highest out of this again is Swastik Infralogics. NMMC’s sewerage lines change and repair work has now entered city gaonthan areas. This is one of the most crucial work that the ruling NCP is banking upon in lieu of the upcoming assembly and later municipal elections as well. We bring to you the name of the contractors who walked away with the contracts of doing this job after this week’s Standing Committee meet. SWASTIK INFRALOGICSSwastik Infralogics was awarded tenders bids worth Rs. 12 Cr. 82 Lacs 64 Thousand 436 to carry our work in the villages of Pawne, Karave, Bonkode, Koperkhairane, Digha, Agroli, Kille Gaonthan, Darave, Diwale, Shahbaj and Phanaswadi. ASK INFRASTRUCTUREAsk Infrastructure was awarded tender bids worth Rs. 6 Cr 14 Lacs 28 Thousand 686 to carry out work in villages on Belapur, Turbhe and Ghansoli. MANGALMOORTHI ENTERPRISESMangalmoorthi Enterprises was awarded tender bids worth Rs. 1 Cr 9 Lacs 96 Thousand 882 to carry out work in the villages of Juipada, Sanpada and Kopri.GURUR CONSTRUCTION COMPANYGorur Construction Co. won two tender bids worth Rs. 2 Cr 5 Lacs 15 Thousand 367 to carry out work in the villages of Talavli and Gothivli. AJAY CONSTRUCTIONSAjay Construction won two tender bids worth Rs. 1 Cr 37 Lacs 8 Thousand 955 to carry out work in the villages of Diva and Nerul.The other contractors to win single bids included : Pravin Enterprises to carry out work in Sarsole village for Rs. 26 lacs 68 thousand 768. Om Construction to carry out work in Shirawane village for Rs. 1 Cr 3 Lacs 4 Thousand 74. Om Murugan Enterprises to carry out work in Vashi village for Rs. 38 lacs 53 thousand 17. V B Bhoir Construction to carry out work in Juhugaon for Rs. 64 lacs 69 thousand 177 / 6 months Shriraj Enterprises to carry out work in Airoli village for Rs. 1 Cr 2 lacs 95 thousand 344In totality, tenders worth over Rs. 25 Crores have been approved to carry out sewerage pipelines work inside gaonthan areas in the city. Speaking on the same, Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik said this. Commissioner Vijay Nahata too shed light on the work.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The powerful and influential Naik family

”Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik, MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik and NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik arriving at the same venue made for a powerful picture. Because this is for the first time after MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik won the parliamentary elections that the trio came together on the same dais. The love affair of Navi Mumbai with the Naik family started off with Ganesh Naik and has passed on to his sons so much so that today Ganesh Naik holds two significant portfolios of Environment and Excise in the state, his elder son MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik is the spokesperson of NCP in the parliament and his younger son Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik holds the keys to NMMC treasury. Ask Ganesh Naik what he has to say on the powerful tri that they represent and this is what he has to say.

Indeed with the Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik, MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik and NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik brought to life the impact of the three most powerful and influential men of the first family of Navi Mumbai.

First batch of NANO cars in Navi Mumbai

Tata’s Nano has reached Navi Mumbai. It was historic moment when the batch of Nano cars was distributed to the customers at an automobile showroom in Nerul. The keys were handed over to the vehicle owners at the hands of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik in the presence of MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik and NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik.

When the Nano entered the automobile market, United State President Barrack Obama challenged the U.S. automakers to create a credible model to survive and succeed in the competitive global market. Don't dismiss the Nano as a small, poor man's car that will cause a mere ripple on the world market. The Nano is a radical innovation, with the potential to revolutionize automobile manufacturing and distribution. Popularly known as “the People’s Car” – the Nano has reached Navi Mumbai as well. The first batch of six Nano cars was handed over to the proud owners of the car in an automobile showroom in Nerul at the hands of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik in the presence of Thane MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik and NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik. And when they got a chance, how could the Ministers and his sons miss the chance to experience what it feels like sitting in the people's car.

Over the environmental concerns that are being raised with Tata Nano’s launch, Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik said that the idea of the Nano shifting to gas should be promoted. Nano has also given hope to persons with disabilities to have a car of their own provided that the Tata’s consider designing disabled friendly vehicles. Vikram Sinha, the Head of Corporate Relations of Tata Motors says that they would consider this seeing the demands. Excited Tata Nanos owners too spoke to us.

Experts feel that the problems of energy scarcity, environmental pollution and road congestion should not discourage Ratan Tata from making and selling as many Nanos as he can. First, the Nano is more energy efficient and affordable than any other car. Moreover, the explosion of vehicles will force regulators to control pollution, pressure governments to build better roads and motivate innovators to produce more efficient engines. The Nano has the potential of flourishing despite the recession or softening its sting because of its extraordinary low price. It's a radical innovation precisely because it is a poor man's car.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Standing committee approves proposal to make 100 beds mother- child care hospitals at Nerul and Airoli

Two of the most awaited proposals of constructing 100 beds Mother Child Care Hospitals in Airoli and Nerul was sanctioned at the weekly NMMC Standing Committee meet. Both the hospitals will be made at a cost of nearly Rs. 70 lacs.

The NMMC is finally going to begin construction of two 100 beds Mother Child Hospitals in Airoli and Vashi. The proposals for the same were sanctioned at the weekly Standing Committee meet. Both the hospitals will be constructed by Supreme Infrastructure India Ltd. The 100 beds Mother – Child Care Hospital in Sector 15, Nerul will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 33 Crores 74 lacs 83 Thousand 539 in a time period of 28 months. While the 100 beds Mother – Child Care Hospital in Sector 3, Airoli will be constructed by Supreme Infrastructure India Ltd. for Rs. 34 Crores 69 lacs 15 thousand 455 in a time period of 20 months. NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik explained that there are many middle class families living in Nerul and Airoli who during any medical emergencies had to either rush to the hospital at Vashi or private hospitals. These two hospitals will bring relief to them.

Raksha Bandhan celebrations at standing committee

Raksha Bandhan is an age-old tradition of celebrating the eternal bond of love shared by brothers and sisters. The celebrations of the day were seen even at the weekly NMMC Standing Committee meet as well. Take a look.

Raksha Bandhan is one of the most significant festivals and is celebrated with much euphoria in India. It’s the celebration of the special bond between a brother and a sister – an integral part of the Indian heritage for generations now. Sisters on this day tie ‘rakhi’ to brothers for the strengthening for their good health, wealth, happiness and success and brothers in return gives his silent word of honor to protect their sisters from danger. Legend has it that Rakhi Purnima originated when Indrani, wife of Lord Indra, prepared a talisman, which she tied on her husband's wrist on Sravan Poornima to win the battle against the demons. The power of the talisman made the Gods victorious. Ever since, on Sravan Poornima, the tradition of tying the thread began. While tying the rakhi, the sister chants a holy mantra, which means, "I am tying a Raksha to you, similar to the one tied to Bali, the powerful king of the demons. Oh Raksha, be firm, do not waver." Traditional tilak is put on the forehead of the brother and the brother blesses his sister. The celebrations were also seen at the weekly Standing Committee meeting where members of Prajapita Brahmakumari arrived and tied rakhi to Commissioner Vijay Nahata, Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik and all the members and officials present during the meet.

Raksha Bandhan has been and always will be an occasion to cherish and strengthen the beautiful bond shared by brothers and sisters.

Monday, August 3, 2009


Simplicity and modesty – that’s what strikes you the moment you first meet youth leader Sandeep Naik. Sandeep Naik, the younger son of State Minister Ganesh Naik came to the helm of affairs at NMMC at a time when there were growing demands in the fast paced changing times in the developing city of Navi Mumbai. He rose to the occasion and excels.

Born in Bonkode – a small village in Navi Mumbai at a time when people from all over the country were migrating to Navi Mumbai, a new city, a futuristic city. Sandeep Naik is his formative years developed leadership skills from being a good sportsman at school. His teachers at R F Naik School at Koperkhairane recall Sandeep Naik’s student days. He imbibed the quality of competence and team spirit from participating in other school activities.

Sandeep Naik entered politics officially when he filed nominations of the civic elections of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation in 2005. He was elected corporator. As a corporator Sandeep Naik conducted various civic work. Sandeep Naik is the Chairman of the Standing Committee of NMMC since 2007. His leadership traits are evident from his conduct of the Standing Committee meetings. Though very young, he generously allows the senior opposition members have their say in the meetings. He displays courage in admitting errors by the administration. Sandeep Naik diplomatically handles adverse situations and skillfully handles fiery sessions. Over the years he has learnt the art of committing assurances from officials. Sandeep Naik, as Chairman of the 2nd highest body of the municipal corporation, initiated visionary steps to bring about a change in municipal functionary and making transparent and accountable. Sandeep Naik has set an exemplary example of a relationship of mutual trust and respect between bureaucracy and the elected representatives.

Call him the lucky mascot for NMMC, that under his direction various ambitious projects of NMMC have been concluded successfully. This includes the hi tech STP Plants, concretization of the Thane Belapur Rd, completion of Kalamboli Digha pipeline work, mobilizing work on getting 24 hours water supply from Morbe Dam and NMMC HQ.

Though the youngest Standing Committee Chairman in the city so far, Sandeep Naik’s maturity is evident as he sums up every subject on the agenda and every motion discussed in the meetings. He evidently does his homework and is aware of every civic issue in the city. This he gathers through “Chairman at your Doorsteps” where he personally visits every ward in the city.

Like a true leader Sandeep Naik has given direction to the municipal perspective in the city. Quality and professionalism are his mantra for civic works.

Sandeep Naik founded Green Hope in 2007 to promote environmental awareness and initiate an ethical relationship between nature and citizens. He did not stress merely on planting but to ensure in a rapidly growing concrete jungle. Through Green Hope Sandeep Naik involved the participation of small and big industries in a big way, schools and colleges, government organizations and NGOs, social and political leaders and professionals from all walks of life to participate in his 2 lakh trees planting drive this year. Through Green Hope Sandeep Naik is surely attempting to orchestrate environmental harmony for nature’s symphony with Navi Mumbai.

Sandeep Naik is a youth icon not merely for his leadership skills but for the multi faceted dimension of his personality. He manages much more than any youth can dare to in all 24 hours every day. From conducting preparatory examinations for board students, to holding youth meets, to organizing sports festivals, career guidance festivals – Sandeep Naik is a role model for today’s youth.

Leadership without vision can last only for a short term. However Sandeep Naik’s leadership in the city will stay for a long term. Like a true leader, he has developed a network experts, genuine well wishers and senior citizens whose suggestions and guidance he appreciates and accepts. Beyond any doubts, Navi Mumbai in the young Founder President of Green Hope and the NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik has infuse fresh thoughts and is driving positive changes. On the eve of his birthday we hope that he lives up to expectations and fulfills greater responsibilities in the coming years to justify his iconic stature as the “Generation-Next Brand of Politics in Navi Mumbai”.