There more good news for bus commuters. Has introduced bus number 123 for its new service route from CBD to Dindoshi. The new bus service was officially commenced at the hands of State Excise and Non-Conventional Resources Minister Ganesh Naik at CBD Bus Depot.
Introduced its first bus service to Mumbai city by plying buses from CBD to Bandra. After receiving a good response from the commuters, it has decided to start service to another route – this time from CBD to Dindoshi. Bus number 123 of NMMT will be playing on this route. These buses, which have been acquired under the JNNURM Scheme, will be playing on various routes in Mumbai. The bus service from CBD to Dindoshi was officially inaugurated at CBD Belapur Bus Depot at the hands of State Excise and Non-Conventional Resources Minister Ganesh Naik. Navi Mumbai Mayor Anjani Bhoir was also present during the ceremony. Ganesh Naik, along with other members enquired about the routes the buses will be plying to. While speaking to the media, Ganesh Naik stated that this service would not be profitable to the transport body but will be beneficial for the commuters as well.
When questioned on how BEST makes creates hassles in Mumbai, the Minister stated that instead of competing, BEST should focus on improving its service. He also opined that in order to tackle the tussle between BEST, Transport Secretary and Transport Commissioner should have a talk with the respective officials and take a decision after listening to both the parties.
Manager Jitendra Papalkar gave an insight about the routes of the new bus service. Further speaking about the new routes he stated that the transport body is thinking of plying some buses out of the 10 buses on Dadar route. He was positive that like the bus services to Bandra, if this one would receive a good response.
When asked about the cold war between BEST, he stated that they believe in healthy competition but their vision is to provide good and efficient service. As far as ticket fares are concerned, he indicated that they might consider increasing them.
Launched its AC Volvo bus services from CBD Belapur to Bandra, BEST too began AC bus service. Now that NMMT has planned to go to Dindoshi, there are chances that the competition.
Friday, December 4, 2009
There more good news for bus commuters. Has introduced bus number 123 for its new service route from CBD to Dindoshi. The new bus service was officially commenced at the hands of State Excise and Non-Conventional Resources Minister Ganesh Naik at CBD Bus Depot.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Seal Ashram celebrated its 10th anniversary celebrations in grand style and with immense enthusiasm. Seal Ashram in Panvel is a shelter for the destitute where the people lying on the streets, the poor and the needy are brought in by this trust to take care of. The ashram also shelters orphans, HIV AIDS patients and mentally retarded. In this endeavor of theirs, the trust has been able to provide food, clothing and education to the destitute till they can stand on their own feet. Completing 10 years of this mission of theirs, a grand celebration was held called the Seal Charity Festival which saw a huge crowd of people participating. For the audience, there was a bounty of musical artists who performed for them. From the guitarist, to the flutist and to the singer, all hearts were captured by their performance.
However, the one performance that won the hearts of the people and left them awestruck was the performance by the who created music with ordinary items like bisleri can. Amongst the dignitaries present were Excise Minister Ganesh Naik, actor Pooja Bhatt and founder of Seal Pastor Philips The guests were all praises of Seal and the performance.
Actor Pooja Bhatt saluted the work done by Seal. We also caught up with other dignitaries on the day. In the end, we caught up with the organizer of the event who thanked the lord on their completion of 10 years and informed that going ahead their first priority would be to start a hospital under their wing.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Every year, Dutta Jayanti is organized on a grand scale on December 1st at the Dutt Temple at Sanpada. Lakhs of devotees from all over the city and nearby areas come at the temple for Dutt Jayanthi. And scores of these devotees use the Sanpada railway bridge to reach the temple. The Sanpada bridge that was built years ago jointly by CIDCO and Railways was never maintained post its construction. This is one of the reasons why the bridge reels under highly deplorable conditions. Continuous movement of trains on the rail routes underneath the bridge has led to it being in shaky conditions putting the lives of commuters using it at risk. For years the locals have been demanding that the bridge be repaired but all in vain. At last, State Excise and Non-Conventional Resources Minister Ganesh Naik visited the bridge for an inspection. He was accompanied by MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik, MLA Sandeep Naik, Commissioner Vijay Nahata, CIDCO Officer B K Hariya and others. During the visit Ganesh Naik was seen issuing instructions to carry out immediate reconstruction of the bridge. The locals of Sanpada had been appealing Ganesh Naik to pay attention to the condition of the bridge for a year now. Earlier Ganesh Naik had mooted the idea of a subway but now he opined that an escalator bridge would be a better option.
Since the plans of an escalator bridge would take time and Dutta Jayanthi is coming closer, Ganesh Naik ordered that authorities work of providing some support to the bridge for the festival. He also ordered that special care be taken on the festival day for the safety of devotees using the bridge. For this Ganesh Naik ordered a technical inspection of the bridge at the earliest.
Without mincing words, Ganesh Naik held CIDCO responsible for the present condition of the bridge. It is a known fact that there are many such bridges on rail routes on the city that CIDCO and Railways both refuse to repair passing the buck of responsibility on the other. Ganesh Naik said that if shortage of funds is the reason for this, then they would consider repairing them with JNNURM funds. Ganesh Naik said that there many flaws in CIDCO work, which would be corrected. Sanpada Bridge is one of the biggest issues that haunt locals. Hence it will be a wait and watch when this order of the Minister is executed by officials.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The Ayurvedic Village Therapy Centre, on the occasion of World Diabetes Day had organized a free medical check up and blood check up camp. State Excise and Non Conventional Energy Minister Ganesh Naik was present to inaugurate the camp. Praising the centre, State Minister Ganesh Naik said that Ayurveda methods gives a peace to the mind and urged the people to use the facilities at the centre. Free medical consultation and blood check up was an opportunity for people to get aware about diabetes, an increasing concern amongst Indians. The Ayurvedic treatments are gaining popularity here A senior Diabetologist explained the advantage of Ayurveda over Allopathy.
The maiden session of the newly-formed Maharashtra Assembly, which witnessed unruly scenes on the first day, ended with the Governor S C Jamir’s address. Here are the other highlights.
The maiden session of the newly-formed Maharashtra Assembly ended with the Governor S C Jamir’s address. The Governor addressed a joint sitting of the 12th legislature today. All the MLAs in the 288-member House were administered oath. The winter session will begin on December 8 in Nagpur, it was announced here.
State Excise and Non Conventional Energy Minister Ganesh Naik and Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik took oath in the assembly. The father-son duo arrived together for the first session of the new assembly at Vidhan Bhavan. Ganesh Naik took the oath with the other top Ministers of the state. On the other hand MLA Sandeep Naik took oath post lunch.
Young MLAs, from whom there are sky high expectations, chose to remain silent learners in their debut session. From Amit Deshmukh Praniti Shinde to Prashant Thakur and Sandeep Naik all followed the same strategy. Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik voiced confidence of that the team of young MLAs and senior would spell progress for the state.
The meet held by the NCP party at the RAF Naik grounds in Koperkhairane received massive response from the people. The meet was held to thank all the voters who voted in the state assembly elections. Addressing the crowd, Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik said that a lot of hurdle and obstacles was faced in the state assembly elections with the all the opposing parties coming together, but the voters voted for development. He added that his responsibilities towards the people had increased after becoming the MLA, but he would not work as an MLA but as a party worker of the NCP.
He further thanked the voters for voting for him. Later on, Belapur MLA Ganesh Naik addressing the present stated that the voters had rejected money power in Belapur and hooliganism in Airoli and voted for them. He further expressed distress over his opposition. He assured 4 FSI for slum dwellers and 2.5 FSI for CIDCO dilapidated buildings. Also present in the meet was Thane MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik, MLA Shashikant Shinde, Mathadi Leader Narendra Patil, Mayor Anjani Bhoir and others.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Belapur Mla Ganesh Naik And Airoli Mla Sandeep Naik Take Oath In The First Session Of The New Assembly
In the midst of all political drama State Excise and Non Conventional Energy Minister Ganesh Naik and Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik took oath in the assembly. The father-son duo arrived together for the first session of the new assembly at Vidhan Bhavan. Ganesh Naik took the oath with the other top Ministers of the state. On the other hand MLA Sandeep Naik took oath post lunch.
This time NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar had given Ganesh Naik two plum portfolios. In contrast to the controversial Environment Dept., this time Sharad Pawar had given Ganesh Naik Excise and Non Conventional Energy that includes working on policies that can have far reaching impact on the energy resources of the state. With Ganesh Naik inducted as Minister in the state cabinet, his elder son Dr. Sanjeev Naik sitting in Delhi and younger son a MLA colleague, the expectations from this tenure of Ganesh Naik for the state and Navi Mumbai is sky high.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
PORTFOLIO - Hsg & Urban Devpt, Cultural Affairs.
EARLIER HELD - Urban Devpt, Housing, Protocol
PORTFOLIO - Revenue
EARLIER HELD - Industries and Ports
PORTFOLIO - Agri, Water Conservation, School Edu
EARLIER HELD - Agriculture
PORTFOLIO – Transport
EARLIER HELD - School Education, Law
PORTFOLIO – Forest
EARLIER HELD - Revenue, Rehabilitation
The portfolios held by top NCP Ministers
PORTFOLIO - Public Works Department
EARLIER HELD - PWD
PORTFOLIO - Energy and Water Resources
EARLIER HELD - Water Resources
R R PATIL
PORTFOLIO - Home Department
He was Dy CM with addl. charge of Home
PORTFOLIO - Rural Development
EARLIER HELD - Home
PORTFOLIO - Finance & Planning
EARLIER HELD - Energy
PORTFOLIO - Excise
EARLIER HELD - Excise, Environment
Intra-party fights within the Congress and NCP were responsible for the portfolios being finalised so late. Chavan made the announcement at around 11.30 pm on Sunday night.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Guru Nanak Jayanthi is the birth anniversary of the founder of the Sikh faith who was born in the month of Kartik. Born in 1469 A.D. at Tolevandi, some 30 miles from Lahore, the religion of Sikhism was founded is the result of his great vision, dedication and devotion. For the Sikhs it is a time of celebration. Men, women, and children, participated in this karseva as service to the community, cook food and distribute it in the 'Guru ka Langar', with the traditional 'Karah Prasad'. The Sikhs also visit gurudwaras where special programs are arranged and religious songs are sung in praise of guru nanak. A similar gathering was held at the Gurudwara at CBD Belapur where Thane Guardian Minister and Belapur MLA Ganesh Naik was present. He was welcomed with the traditional shawl and sword of the Sikhs. On the auspicious day of the Sikhs, a bridge was also inaugurated by Ganesh Naik making another walkway for the devotees of the gurudwara. Speaking to the media, Ganesh Naik said that he was not with the Sikh community but was amongst one of them. He prayed for strength to bring happiness in people’s lives.
Guru Nanak Dev was a great seer, saint and mystic. A prolific poet and a unique singer of God's laudation, for the Sikhs he was the messenger of peace, love, truth and renaissance who spent most of his life in meditation and spiritual practices. Guru Nanak Dev believed in and preached the concept of one god, one without any physical form. That is why the Sikhs don't worship idols.
Monday, October 26, 2009
In the assembly elections 2009, wherever one visited either Belapur or Airoli constituencies, you were sure to have complicated “who will undercut who” calculations flung at you. In the last three months of election campaigning the BJP-Shiv Sena continuously talked about the change mantra that was all set to conquer Navi Mumbai while the united strength of Congress rebels were over confident of toppling the dynastic rule of the Naik family. These cards could have worked in some other constituency, not in Navi Mumbai. Navi Mumbai is one place where the caste-religion arithmetic or the life force of Marathi heartland politics, change mantra or even dynastic rule never works. If anything works – it is only Ganesh Naik. Even after four decades, the magic of Ganesh Naik is such that no matter wherever Ganesh Naik goes in Navi Mumbai, the crowd gathered in thousands. In return of their love and admiration, Ganesh Naik is always sure to give his followers, supporters and well wishers a wholesome smile, a familiar nod, a wave of hand, an eye to eye connect or even a quick word coming their way. And each goes back gratified. It’s been four decades that Ganesh Naik has been enjoying this support of Navi Mumbai.
As one hears residents across the city and communities speak about Ganesh Naik, the results of Belapur and Airoli constituencies where Ganesh Naik and his son Sandeep Naik were contesting seems to be a foregone conclusion that we had reported way back on September 5th 2009. For those who were attacking Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik’s candidature for promoting “dynastic rule” – the voters have spelt their verdict. Voters in Navi Mumbai have proven that they are like stubborn children, fiercely attached to the first family of Navi Mumbai – the Naik family. This is primarily because Ganesh Naik has continuously engaged in promoting secularism & brotherhood in Navi Mumbai. The peace and communal harmony in Navi Mumbai when neighboring cities burnt during the Mumbai riots was evidence of this.
And it isn’t just the people’s love and support that has given Ganesh Naik a victory in these elections but his leadership is widely accepted across grass root Congress workers and even some Shiv Sena leaders in Navi Mumbai. The results are forcing even critics to admit that the work done by the Naik family in presenting the secular, vibrant and flamboyant image of Navi Mumbai at all levels is incomparable. That’s why no matter how much opponents try to malign Ganesh Naik’s image, but Navi Mumbai continues to have great respect & affection for the city real son Ganesh Naik. People of Navi Mumbai know that Ganesh Naik has invested in making a secular Navi Mumbai at the cost of political loss.
In democracy the stature you reach in politics is written by the people. And the people of Navi Mumbai have given their verdict by voting the Naik family to power both at Delhi and in Maharashtra – the people’s verdict once again proves that Ganesh Naik continues to be the undisputed badshah of Navi Mumbai politics.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
With Dr. Sanjeev Naik having been given the parliamentary candidature from Thane Lok Sabha constituency, the allegations of dynastic rule by the Naik family had begun. And when Sandeep Naik’s candidature was announced from Airoli, the opposition made dynastic rule of the Naik family a poll issue. So much so that the Congress corporators united and resigned from the party naming the past district Chief Namdeo Bhagat as the Congress rebel candidate against Ganesh Naik in Belapur constituency and Vasant Mhatre as the Congress rebel candidate from Airoli constituency. But the rebel factor seems to have had no impact on the electoral results as NCP candidates won with a comfortable lead in both Airoli and Belapur constituency. When the media posed this question to Ganesh Naik, he said that he has never criticized the act of the Congress rebel even during the elections.
On the questions of allegations of dynastic rule, he said that the voters of Navi Mumbai have given a fitting reply to these allegations by voting for progress and development. Ganesh Naik also shared with the media his immediate priorities for his constituency. Ganesh Naik thanked voters for continuing to support progressive thoughts and stable leadership. There were so many allegations of dynastic rule, criticism and rebel factor against Ganesh Naik in Navi Mumbai during these elections but the results have established again that Ganesh Naik is indeed the badshah of Navi Mumbai politics and the citizens’ first choice for their leadership.
This appeal of the young and dynamic NCP candidate from Airoli seems to have appealed to voters of Airoli constituency all the way to polling booths. Sandeep Naik stands for the third generation leaders of the Naik family. He is progressive, dynamic and provided good governance as Standing Committee Chairman of NMMC for almost three consecutive years. He represents that breed of young politicians who know what they are saying – the breed that is sensible, make intelligent talks and then walks their talks. As Standing Committee Chairman of NMMC, Sandeep Naik earned the reputation of taking courageous decisions. His work and popular drive of “Chairman at your Doorsteps” helped Sandeep Naik meet people across Navi Mumbai, from posh localities to the dusty roads of gaonthan and slum settlements around the city. Throughout he earnestly tried to solve civic problems. His work had impressed the party leadership of NCP so much that despite opposition, Sandeep Naik was given candidature from Airoli constituency.
And indeed Sandeep Naik lived upto the faith shown on him as he won the elections from Airoli constituency with a margin of 11957. Post his victory, Sandeep Naik said that his priority would be public work in Airoli. He also thanked voters for showing the same faith in him that they have shown in Ganesh Naik and MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik.
Navi Mumbai does not want change – the voters have voted for continuity and progress – continuity of Ganesh Naik’s leadership in Navi Mumbai and his progressive thoughts. And this time voters have not just shown belief in Ganesh Naik’s leadership but have extended their faith to his son Sandeep Naik – the Congress-NCP candidate from Airoli constituency as well as both the father-son are the voters choice of MLA from Belapur and Airoli constituency. As the counting for the Belapur constituency began from 8 am at the counting center at Vashi, Ganesh Naik’s lead just kept increasing in every round. By the time the 22 rounds of counting ended, NCP-Congress candidate Ganesh Naik secured 59, 685 votes as against his nearest poll rival BJP-Shiv Sena candidate Suresh Haware’s 46812 votes, giving Ganesh Naik a victory with a margin of 12873 votes.
Speaking to the media post his victory, Ganesh Naik said that the voters of Navi Mumbai have proven that he is after all the people’s candidate. On the other hand all did not seem well in the Airoli constituency when the voting began.
Only when counting of votes began from Koperkhairane and reached to sectors of Vashi and Turbhe, did Sandeep Naik overtake the saffron candidate and at the end of the 23 rounds of counting emerged as the winner with a lead of 11957 votes. The total votes that Sandeep Naik garnered were 79075 as against the 67118 garnered by Vijay Chougule. Post his victory, Sandeep Naik thanked voters who showed confidence in the party leadership of NCP.
The tradition of secularism & communal harmony is the hallmark of the Naik family & it is being followed generation to generation. After the Lok Sabha elections, the state assembly elections had become the biggest challenge for the first family of Navi Mumbai. And neither the change mantra, nor dynastic rule or Congress rebels could change the results that have proven that the support to the Naik family is as heady and strong even now as it has been for 4 decades. Indeed Navi Mumbai's love affair with the Naik family continues.
IT WAS a clean sweep for the Nationalist Congress Party in Navi Mumbai with the father-son duo of Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik emerging victorious in Belapur and Airoli, the two Assembly constituencies in the satellite city.
While it was a smooth ride for three-term MLA and state excise, labour and environment minister Ganesh Naik against BJP's Suresh Haware, son Sandeep Naik faced nervous moments as Shiv Sena's Vijay Chougule steadily garnered more votes in the initial phase of the counting. Despite having lost to Sandeep's brother Sanjeev Naik in the Thane constituency in the recent Lok Sabha elections by over 40,000 votes, the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance had again fielded Airoli corporator Chougule to challenge the Naik supremacy.
In what seemed like a neck-to-neck fight in the first 15 rounds of counting, the battle tilted heavily in favour of NMMC standing committee chairman Sandeep Naik. In the remaining eight rounds towards the end, Chougule suffered serious setbacks in Bonkode, Kopar Khairne and large parts of Vashi.
Chougule, at one point, saw a lead of 2200 votes against Naik when votes from Airoli were being counted. In the end, however, out of the total of 1, 57,751 valid votes cast in the constituency, Naik got a lead of 11,957 votes. Naik got 79,075 votes while Chougule managed 67,118.
When asked the reason for not securing a good number of votes from Airoli, Sandeep said, "All party workers have worked equally hard in all places. It is just natural that some people have a stronghold in certain areas. But since a majority of voters have shown trust in me, I will try to win over the rest of them too," Sandeep said.
Chougule, a former right hand man of Ganesh Naik left the party to rejoin Shiv Sena in 2007.
GANESH NAIK (60, NCP), five-time MLA, whose son has now won his first Assembly election
It's official. The Naiks rule Navi Mumbai.
Not only is 60-year-old Nationalist Congress Party leader Ganesh Naik back for a fifth term as MLA, this time he has son Sandeep (31) in tow.
Naik, a minister with three portfolios in the outgoing government, beat his nearest rival -- top builder but political novice Suresh Haware (53) of the BJP --by over 12,000 votes in Belapur.
Son Sandeep, a corporator since 2005, defeated Naik loyalist-turned-arch rival Vijay Chougule (47) in Airoli by 11,907 votes.
"I have always been the people's candidate and they have once again proved it," said Naik.
"Our victory proves that people identify with the ideals of Sharad Pawar and Sonia Gandhi and, at the local level, they have lots of affection for us."
Added Sandeep: "This victory is a vote for progress, secularism and peace."
Thursday's twin victories, combined with the fact that elder son Sanjeev (37) -- a former Navi Mumbai mayor -won a Thane Parliamentary seat in the national election held earlier this year, will boost Naik's status further within the NCP and cement the region's status as a family bastion.
The father-son duo successfully battled anti-incumbency, the emergence of the MNS and rebels candidates from the NCP and alliance partner Congress -- local Congress president Namdeo Bhagat (46) jumped into the fray as an Independent after he lost his ticket in seatsharing negotiations. The Naiks' main poll plank was development, with father and son repeatedly citing the Morbe Dam as a major achievement and promising more along the same lines.
The purchase of Morbe has made the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation -- where the NCP is in power too -- the first in the country to own its own dam.
With the pipelines ready, Navi Mumbai is now all set to receive 24x7 water supply, beating even neighbouring megalopolis Mumbai in this respect.
Other much-touted achievements include the 14-km ThaneBelapur Road Project, the only highway in the state on which no toll is levied, and the introduction of Volvo and CNG buses for public transport.
The NMMC is also planning to earn carbon credit by reducing methane gas emissions and converting garbage into fuel and fertiliser.
As for the future, the Naiks have promised an independent power generation project to ensure 24-hour power supply to the city.
Other promises include more vertical growth, especially for dilapidated buildings and no increase in taxes.
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'Airoli strongman' Chauguley made a good start in the initial rounds by taking good lead; however as the counting went on, Sandeep covered up the gap and after the 22 rounds of the counting, it became clear that Sandeep would represent the Airoli constituency in the House for the next five years.
The counting session was full of drama, in fact. Sandeep clinched 3,687 and 3,282 votes in seventh and eight rounds respectively, while Chauguley could garner 3,199 and 3,224 votes in those rounds. Still, at end of eighth round Chauguley had a lead of 815 votes. Thereafter, the margin remained neck-to-neck till the 14th round. However, from the 15th round onwards, Sandeep maintained a clear lead till the final round.
"I thank all those people who supported me from the beginning of my campaign. On Thursday, I was a bit tensed when came to know that Chauguley was leading in the initial stages. However, I was confident about winning the polls. Now, my duty will be to identify the needs of the public and work accordingly. I will try my level best to fulfil our agenda," said an excited Sandeep. When asked whether he is happy with the margin with which he won, he answered, "I am happy with the margin since there was no MNS candidate and still we won with good margin. This indicates that youths and new voters registered with EC put faith in me. My victory is equally due to all NCP corporators and workers who put lots of efforts to the win from the constituency."
Naik maintained lead over other candidates right from the first round of the counting, held at Vashi's Sacred Heart School on Thursday. The veteran leader registered 429 more votes than Haware who received 2,222 votes in the first round. The initial two rounds saw Naik and Haware competing closely, but from the fifth round, the gap between the votes bagged by the two widened with Naik getting 3327 votes and the builder-turned-politician scoring 1,429 votes at the end of the round. By seventh round, Naik's lead soared by 6,418 and after 14th round he was 9,619 votes ahead and continued the rally till the final 23rd round.
Though, Naik enjoys strong voters base in Belapur, entry of the renowned builder Haware into politics around six months ago had led to few uncertainties in the constituency as the BJP along with ally Shiv Sena, ensured the saffron alliance left no stone unturned to see Naik's defeat. Besides, the last minute rebel by Bhagat and other city Congress corporators triggered speculations whether Naik would be able to make it to the House for the fourth term.
Bhagat, was expected to eat into maximum of Naik's votes, but that could not be seen happening for the ex-Navi Mumbai Congress chief. On the other hand, MNS's Rajendra (Pappu) Mahale receiving votes close to 20,000, is considered as the crucial factor behind BJP-Sena losing the seat.
"The victory is due to the love and faith people of Navi Mumbai have in me. People have elected me because of the hard work put by me and our activists for the city through corporation and other channels," said an elated Ganesh Naik. When asked whether the lead he took was up to the expectations, he said, "For me winning the election is more important. If the lead is not as per the expectation, then it's because of the non co-operation by some of the city Congressmen. However, we are happy with whatever support we received from others in the Congress party."
By clinching both the assembly seats from the city, Airoli and Belapur, the Naiks underlined their supremacy in Navi Mumbai politics on Thursday. Minister in the incumbent Ashok Chavan cabinet and sitting Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA, Ganesh Naik, retained his Belapur seat by overcoming tough challenges put up by Shiv Sena-BJP candidate Suresh Haware and other assembly aspirants, while his younger son Sandeep surpassed Navi Mumbai Shiv Sena chief Vijay Chauguley in Airoli. Ganesh Naik's elder son Sanjeev is already a MP from Thane.
"Ganesh Naik has put 40 years of his life for the wellbeing of Navi Mumbai. His two sons are also working for the development of the satellite city 24X7. During campaigning, the NCP was accused of indulging into dynastic politics as Sanjeev is already representing Thane Lok Sabha seat and Ganesh Naik and Sandeep were contesting from Belapur and Airoli respectively. But the charges levelled by our opponents did not fruition as seen from the two wins," said Deputy Mayor and NCP leader Shashikant Birajdar.
He further said, "The victories by Naiks was, in fact, of all those who believe in secular ideology since people speaking different languages and hailing from all the castes and religions elected him as their leader once again. Naiks are idols for all party activists working at the grassroots level."
"Our opponents in Airoli and Belapur tried to woo voters by using money and muscle power, but the work by Naiks and their popularity sailed through all odds," the Deputy Mayor accused. The NCP though is not pleased with the low margin with which Ganesh Naik bagged the seat considering the thumping victory he had registered in the 2004 legislative assembly polls.
Birajdar said, "Winning is important for us, but as a party unit, we are not pleased with the low margin. It is high time we take corrective measures as we have worked really hard in every nook of the city, but could garner low votes in both the seats. It definitely is not a matter of pride for us. We will work harder so that we don't land in trouble during the municipal elections to be held over next few months."
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thane Guardian Minister, sitting MLA and Congress – NCP candidate from 151 Belapur Constituency Ganesh Naik arrived with his family to caste his vote. A little past 7 in the morning Ganesh Naik arrived with his sons MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik, his younger son and NCP Airoli candidate Sandeep Naik and other members of the Naik family caste their vote at R F Naik School at Koperkhairane.
Since Koperkhairane falls in the Airoli constituency, the Naik family caste their vote for Sandeep Naik. Speaking to the media after casting their votes, Ganesh Naik said that he considered himself fortunate that he was getting an opportunity to vote for progressive thoughts in the form of his son Sandeep Naik. Ganesh Naik voiced confidence of the secular alliance emerging victorious in the state as well as the constituencies in Navi Mumbai. He added that it was incorrect to divide the community on the basis of language and region.
Well, the day of reckoning for Ganesh Naik is over and the fate of the most powerful secular leader of Navi Mumbai Ganesh Naik has been sealed by voters in the electronic voting machines. Is Ganesh Naik going to recreate his magic in these assembly elections or not? The city will find out on October 22.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Ganesh Naik said ,”Your vote is invaluable. Don’t waste it; do come out and vote for the candidate of your choice”.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
To encourage women to come foreword and entertain themselves, an amusing Mahabhondla was arranged in Vishnudas Bhave Auditorium. Present amongst the audience was Congress NCP Belapur candidate Ganesh Naik. Bondhla dance was performed which entertained the audience. Competition in women groups were planned to make the occasion interesting. Also present was the Chairperson of the Women and Child Welfare Committee of NMMC Madhavi Shinde who said that such events were a way to keep the dying tradition of Maharashtra alive. NMTV News.
After Christian Community, Muslims From Nerul Express Support Towards Congress-ncp Belapur Candidate Ganesh Naik
With state assembly elections just a few days away, political parties while have sped up their election campaigning, supporters and well-wishers have also come out to show their support to their candidate. Various communities have expressed their support to Congress-NCP Belapur candidate Ganesh Naik which included the Rajasthani community, the Chiristian community and now even the Muslim community expressed their support to the leader by holding an Id Milan and inviting Ganesh Naik as the chief guest. Speaking to the media, Congress-NCP Belapur candidate Ganesh Naik voiced confidence over their victory.
He added that while they had a lead in the by-elections and the general elections, this time too party workers were showing their honest support. NMTV News.
Once upon a time Maharashtra had a pride of place with surplus power generation. The abundance in power in the state had become something of a folklore as people migrating from other states would never miss a chance to remark on it. However with time the yawning gap between demand and supply and slow increase in new generation capacity, the state has been hit hard and short on power. And like other cities in central suburbs, power cuts and load shedding accounts for one of the major problems that Navi Mumbai has been facing for the last couple of years. Power cuts and load shedding in Navi Mumbai has hit the industries in the Thane Belapur Industrial Belt really hard and has also slowed down IT growth in Navi Mumbai. Not to forget how the irregular power cuts and load shedding also resulted in disrupting domestic live of Navi Mumbaikars. Worst perhaps was the fact that Navi Mumbai has been a good customer of MSEDC with customers paying bills on time, contributing to MSEDC revenue generation and losses are minimal. But all these aspects have been overlooked to subject the city to harsh decisions of periodic load shedding. It is to bring a permanent solution to this problem, that Congress-NCP Belapur candidate Ganesh Naik has planned a unique proposal to construct a power plant that will make Navi Mumbai a power cut and load shedding free city.
Even after 61 years of Independence, the members of the Matang community have lived an underprivileged life. They have been struggling for equal status and rights in the society but the government have always eluded their aspirations. Perhaps seeing a ray of hope to in the form of NCP, the community has decided to pledge their support to the NCP-Congress alliance candidates from Belapur and Airoli Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik. The community’s National President Babasaheb Gople appealed to his community to vote for the NCP-Congress alliance.
In the Thane district, the Matang community constitutes 5 lakh of the population and if this number is converted into votes then the NCP candidates do hold an upper hand in the state assembly elections.
Congress-NCP Belapur candidate Ganesh Naik and Congress-NCP Airoli candidate Sandeep Naik Pay Visit To Apmc Market At Vashi To Garner Votes
The NCP continued its election campaign this time at APMC Vashi where Congress-NCP Belapur candidate Ganesh Naik and Congress-NCP Airoli candidate Sandeep Naik met the Mathadi workers in APMC. The rally began from the onion potato market where the candidates addressed and the crowd and got to know their issues.
The Mathadi workers and Mathadi leader Narendra Patil openly expressed their support towards the NCP candidates. From the onion potato market, the NCP candidates headed towards the grain market where they received a huge response of supporters.
Friday, October 9, 2009
• Political experience of 40 years
• Credibility Known as the sculptor of Navi Mumbai
• Guarantee of 20 years of NO TAX increase
• Assured 24*7 water supply for next 25 years
• Thane –Belapur Concrete Road Toll Free Road
• Proven track record of work
He’s man whose very name gets your work done, be it a police station, a hospital ,a government office or a schoo;l for seeking an admission
Thursday, October 8, 2009
United Christians Forum Of Navi Mumbai Pledge Support To Ganesh Naik And Sandeep Naik In Assembly Elections
When it comes to communal harmony, peace, progress and security, Navi Mumbai has definitely set an ideal example for the country to see. And every time these qualities of Navi Mumbai are spoken of, one name that is given credited for establishing a secular image of Navi Mumbai; it’s Ganesh Naik. Perhaps that why, every election – communities across Navi Mumbai stand up to give unconditional support to Ganesh Naik – be it Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jain or the Christians. So did the Christian community in Navi Mumbai. For the first time ever, fathers and pastors representing over 50 denominations and churches of Navi Mumbai came together to form the “United Christian Forum” of Navi Mumbai. Father and pastors of these churches gathered at NMSA and invited Congress-NCP candidates from Belapur and Airoli Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik to pay gratitude for the support that Ganesh Naik has given to the Christian community for decades and to pledge the support of the community to the father – son duo in these elections. In an atmosphere completed charged with the love and blessings that the Christian community is known for, the fathers and pastors prayed for both Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik ahead of assembly elections. The community members also informed Ganesh Naik about the biggest problem that the entire community faces and that is land for burial ground and cemetery. When the community appealed Congress-NCP Airoli candidate Sandeep Naik to address them, a somber Sandeep Naik thanked the fathers and pastors to voluntarily come forward to organize the meeting and pledge their support for both of them.
Ganesh Naik too thanked the community for the voluntary support given by them to both the NCP candidates. Ganesh Naik said that perhaps it was a silent provocation from Jesus Christ himself that fathers and pastors came together to pledge their support for the NCP candidates. He further assured of solving the issue of the burial ground and cemetery for not just the Christian community but all the other communities facing their problem as well.
Pator V J Johnson, a member of the United Christian Forum informed us that the meeting was called to show the unity of Christians in Navi Mumbai. He said that since Ganesh Naik has supported the Christian community for decades, they wanted to pay their gratitude to him ahead of elections. Father Johnson and the coordinator of the forum Brian D’Souza informed us that they had brought to the attention of Ganesh Naik, their biggest issue of burial grounds. Brian D’Souza added that the community feels that no one can understand their problems better than Ganesh Naik and his son.
He added that it was the credit of Ganesh Naik’s practice and belief in the religion of humanity that like other communities in Navi Mumbai, even the Christian community lived in peace in Navi Mumbai.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Water Supply: Ensured adequate water supply for the city for the next 50 years by transferring Morbe dam for Navi Mumbai from Maharashtra Jeevan Pradikharan (MJP). 24x7 water supply begun in Nerul, Sanpada, Juinagar and CBD-Belapur.
Transportation: Concretised 14-km-six-lane Thane-Belapur Road. Work on the four flyovers on the highway will complete soon. A resolution has been passed for purchase of 120 CNG buses by NMMT. Work is on at Turbhe bus depot for the first CNG filling station in city. The Thane-Belapur-Nerul rail service has started. A women special service's been initiated on Vashi-Panvel and Panvel-CST routes. Efforts are on at the Central government level to speed up work on the proposed Navi Mumbai international airport.
Health: Airoli and Nerul will get 100-bed hospitals soon. Free medical services are provided to the senior citizens in the NMMC hospitals.
Education: Constructed 30 civic schools in the past three years.
House and building improvement: Secured the orders for granting 2.5 FSI for re-construction of CIDCO constructed dilapidated buildings.
Slum improvement: handed over homes to 154 slum dwellers absolutely free. Succeeded in getting the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) scheme.
* Three world standard Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) have been set up at Airoli, Vashi and Nerul (280 MLD). STPs will be commissioned in Koparkhairane, Sanpada and CBD.
* Modern dumping ground's been set up in Turbhe.
Civic services: Footpaths, concrete roads etc have been provided in the APMC area. Senior citizens have been provided with community centre’s in Vashi, Airoli and Sanpada. Has approved a resolution for underground electric wiring in 29 villages.
Janta Darbar: People's issues were resolved through efforts that conformed to the laws of the land.
Project Affected People: Got the orders for regularisation of need based extensions of houses in villages.
* A 52-metre-high Bronto skylift vehicle to fight fire in high rises, an additional 32 metre high skylift vehicle provided to the fire personnel. Plot for fire station allotted in Nerul.
* Number of police beat chowkies increased. Secured an independent RTO office (MH-43) for Navi Mumbai at Kopri. The 2,500 sqft court at CGO in Belapur will soon be shifted to the building next to Konkan Bhavan for the benefit of public.
Unemployed: Public service centres have been established for the unemployed.
Labour Welfare: Made a provision for common wages for contract workers of NMMC. Implemented sixth pay commission for civic employees.
Environment: Developed plan to solve problem of water pollution at pilgrim centres Alandi, Pandharpur, Shani-Shingnapur etc. Implemented non-degradable waste disposal act to solve issue of plastic and non-degradable waste disposal. Artificial ponds for immersion of idols during Ganeshotsav have been developed.
Sports and arts: Has been holding sports festival under the aegis of Navi Mumbai Krida Sankul. Chitrabharti, a dist-level painting competition in which one lakh students participate, is organised under the aegis of Navi Mumbai Kala Sankul every year.
Women upliftment: Shops for women in CBD, Shiravane and Karave village.
Special Scheme: Decision taken of not increasing property taxes, water charges and cess for next 20 years.
Ambedkar Memorial: Project sanctioned to construct Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial at Airoli.
Ganesh Naik's promises
Power Generation: Will set up independent electric power generation project to ensure uninterrupted power in city.
Education: Will launch a scheme to provide free education in municipal schools till graduation level.
Transportation: Initiate water transport to Mumbai. Implement a project of a subway from Turbhe to Taloja. Will work for Monorail and Metro railway projects. Navi Mumbai airport will connected through Metro rail route. Skywalks across the city.
Medical Services: 300-bed super specialty hospitals at nominal rates for patients recommended by NMMC. Public Private Participation has already led to Hiranandani Hospital coming to city. 10 pc of its hospital beds will be reserved for needy patients recommended by NMMC.
Seashore and creeks: Will works for the protection mangroves along the creek areas. beaches of Vashi, Nerul and CBD will be beautified. Old dilapidated jetties at various villages in the city will be reconstructed.
Senior Citizens: Help will be taken from technically qualified senior citizens to improve functioning of NMMC, to complete developmental projects in the best possible manner.
Self-employment: New employment and self-employment opportunities for the youth will be explored. Will set up an Industrial Training Centre for women across city.
Minority Welfare: Will implement the 15 point programme announced by the Central govt for minorities. Will implement recommendations of Sachar Committee and Justice Rangnath Misra Commission. Will erect a memorial of the great freedom fighter Maulana Azad. Will also construct a community hall along with it for Muslim community. Will give priority to starting at least one Urdu school in each ward.
Will construct markets for mutton and chicken shops on node wise in Navi Mumbai. Where required, provide land for burial ground. Also provide amenities and facilities through NMMC for existing and proposed burial grounds. Cultivate the right environment for people of all religious communities to co-exist in newly developed areas.
Hoarding policy: Will launch hoarding policy that will clearly spell out the designated hoarding sites and the size and shape of the hoarding as per the road.
Footpath: Under Footpath Vision, based on the size and shape of the road, the footpath's design, height and type will be worked out. Footpaths will be senior citizen and physically challenged-friendly.
Swimming pool: A plot has been designated in Sector 12 of Vashi for a swimming pool. An indoor stadium too has been planned at the location.
Library: Establish a library with multi-media and audio-visual gadgets along with CDs and DVDs.
park, garden and auditorium: An amusement park project has been approved near Mahape. A botanical garden spread over 240 acres of land has been planned at Adavli-Bhutavli. Will build auditorium at Airoli, Ghansoli and new NMMC HQ on Palm Beach Road.
Sports: Will develop sports complexes across nodes.
Entrance gate: These entry point structures will be built at Thane, Vashi village and CBD Belapur.
Iconic Structure: An iconic structure will be developed on the lines of the Eiffel Tower.
Independent District Status: Efforts will be made for grant of independent district status for Navi Mumbai. Succeeded in getting sanction for an independent police Commissionerate for Navi Mumbai. An independent RTO office has also been established. Will develop all required infrastructure in Navi Mumbai that are required for to make it an independent district.
There was a time when a drive on Thane-Belapur road was a nightmare for both drivers and passengers. The journey that normally took an hour would increase to an hour and a half to two hours in monsoon due to heay traffic jams. The huge potholes on the road and the presence of heavy vehicles on the higlavay led to several fatal accidents which made riding two wheelers and driving smaller vehicles a dangerous proposition.
It was in this context that Shri Ganesh Naik decided to have a six-lane concrete road on the highway to be built by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) with help from the Central government.
At the time, not many believed the project would be possible due to the numerous hurdles it had to encounter.
There were the issues of companies, land and encroachments along the highway, issues of slum rehabilitation etc. that had to be resolved by NMMC to get the project going. Not many gave the project much of a chance.
Shri Ganesh Naik, however remained a pillar of strength for NMMC, taking up problematic issues at the government level and also finding just solutions to the issues of the locals. He took personal interest in the completion of the project.
The highway is of great significance for industries in the region who use it to ferrying goods and materials and also for transporting consignments to the JNPT port. The concretization of the highway has helped them greatly as the travelling time on the highway has reduced from the previous 1 - 1 ½ hr to just 20-25 minutes now. Driving too has become much safer.
While people in the country today are burdened with inflation and unemployment, Shri Ganesh Naik has provided reHef to the citizens of Navi klumbai by ensuring that taxes in the city have not been raised for several years now and yet development has continued.
The Thane-Belapur highway is the only six lane concretised highway in the country on which toll is not levied. Yet, there has been no compromise on the standard and quality of construction of the highway The quality of construction of this highway was proved when despite the diversion of Mumbra highway traffic to this road, the additional load did not have any effect on it. To ensure long lasting quality of work, NMMC Standing Committee chairman Sandeep Naik himself inspected the road work regularly and issued orders accordingly to NMMC officials. This has resulted in top quality work on the road that is shining today It is Shri Ganesh Naik's huge contribution to the progress and development of Navi Mumbai that has earned him the sobriquet of the city's architect. The settlers in the region while driving on this road experience the fruits of such strong and inspiring leadership in the city Shri Ganesh Naik, by ensuring a toll free highway in his constituency has earned loads of appreciation from the residents of Navi Mumbai and Thane.
To prevent accidents at pedestrian crossings in Rabale, Ghansoli and Kopar Khairane and to ensure smooth flow of traffic, work on four flyovers in the reglon was taken up. That work is in its final stages now Twin directional street lights on the 14 km highway, dense greenery, flyovers and foot over bridges at crossings, the magnificent corporate buildings along the road, the competing Thane-Belapur local trains will all make a drive on the road seem as an exhilarating journey in a foreign locale.
Hindustan times News
Kerala community gives their community support to congress-NCP candidates from Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik
The NCP South Indian Cell of Navi Mumbai held a meeting with the members of the Kerala community. The meet was presided over by Congress-NCP Belapur candidate Ganesh Naik and Congress-NCP Airoli candidate Sandeep Naik. During the meet, the members of the NCP South Indian Cell appealed to those present to come out on October 13 and caste their right to vote. With the secular stance that Ganesh Naik has always taken during his entire political life, he has become more of a savior for the each and every community. Speaking to the media, he stressed on this point and said that he always believed that Live and Let live.
President of South Indian Cell of Maharashtra Bhupesh Babu was also present during the event. Like any other community even for the malayali community, Ganesh Naik is a guardian and secular leader beyond compare. Members of the community expressed the same to us after their meeting with Ganesh Naik.
Rain or sunshine. The Naik clan has proven that nothing could stop them from reaching out to their voters, even if it meant walking down in the rain. While the rains were not down pouring, it was enough to soak the candidates and supporters alike. Congress-NCP Belapur candidate Ganesh Naik and Congress-NCP Airoli candidate Sandeep Naik traveled on foot to Kopri village, sector 28, sector 14 and sector 12 of Vashi to meet party workers and well-wishers. Wherever the candidates went, they were welcomed with smiles and showered with flowers.
Speaking to the media, Congress-NCP Belapur candidate Ganesh Naik expressed satisfaction over the turn out of supporters during the campaign. Congress-NCP Airoli candidate Sandeep Naik said that it was a great response that they received from supporters during the rally and that it was the love for their leader Ganesh Naik that they all had come despite the rains. He appealed to the voters to vote for development and education.
Only Ganesh Naik can make 2.5 FSI a reality for CIDCO dilapidated buildings-say C Type Ganesh Tower residents
The tragic tales of apartment owners living in dilapidated CIDCO buildings across Navi Mumbai is not different from the other. Some are living in conditions that are threat to human occupancy while others are living in make-shift arrangements – all residents living how dreams of a home turned into nightmares.
FSI to CIDCO built apartments reeling under dilapidated conditions is perhaps the most burning issue that haunts Navi Mumbai today. And its not like the issue has never been taken up – problem is it’s been taken up far too often; mostly during elections. May be that’s why the victims of CIDCO’s sub standard constructed apartments are loosing faith but the first ray of hope that they’d get relief from the deplorable living conditions came when Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik had pursued the issue of FSI to CIDCO apartments during the Chief Minister’s visit to Navi Mumbai in June 2009.
And with Ganesh Naik persistently following up the matter with the Chief Minister’s office, in August came the announcement that the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in a meeting with Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik had given in-principle approval of 2.5 FSI to dilapidated CIDCO apartments. Post the Guardian Minister’s announcement; his opponents are terming it as just another point to score with the public prior to elections citing various reasons, one being the case against re-development work pending in High Court. But the petitioner of the case Rahul Thakur says that they were never against re-development work. Their case in High Court is to ensure that a policy is floated for uniform development of actually dilapidated buildings.
On the contrary, Rahul Thakur believes that the decision will benefit not only the owners of dilapidated CIDCO homes but even common buyers. Unlike all the previous assurances and promises, Thane Guardian Minister’s announcement is of credible value. This is because Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik has already set a precedent on this front with the re-development of C-Type Ganesh Towers in Sector 1, Vashi. The C Type apartments of Navi Mumbai were just like any CIDCO apartments that reeled under inhuman conditions and even posed as a threat to residents of the building.
Everyone is aware that despite the obstacles and opposition that the C Type redevelopment project faced, Ganesh Naik pioneered the work and NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik worked on ensuring that the re-development work happened in the legal frame. Within two years of the demolition of the C Type dilapidated buildings, the towers were erected. The C Type also became the only reconstructed building to get the NMMC’s OC. At that time speaking to the media, Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik recalled how the apartment owners of C Type had approached him with the issue of the dilapidated conditions of their apartments and he had promised them relief.
No points for guessing that the residents of C Type Ganesh Tower residents, who saw Ganesh Naik work against all odds to ensure that their redevelopment project happened now staunchly believe that only Ganesh Naik can make redevelopment with 2.5 FSI a reality for dilapidated CIDCO apartments. And perhaps seeing the testimonies of the C Type Ganesh Tower residents, even JN Type apartment owner’s voice faith in the leadership of Ganesh Naik.
A determined Ganesh Naik says that he wants to ensure that the success he achieved with the C Type apartments in Vashi is replicated for all dilapidated CIDCO buildings. While critics and Ganesh Naik opponents might continue to term the 2.5 FSI announcements as an election stunt but with the municipal elections to follow the assembly elections, Ganesh Naik will have no option but to fulfill his commitment making it a win win situation for apartment owners and common buyers.
Until now residents of JN Type and those living in other dilapidated CIDCO have been giving only hollow promises and false hopes. But again in five years, the time has come for residents to exercise their right. The time to vote the candidate they think has the capability, ability, work and capacity to make their dreams of new homes meeting a happy ending of becoming a reality.
As passenger comfort becomes an ever-higher priority, Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport commenced its air-conditioned bus services between Navi Mumbai and Bandra. Despite facing stiff resistance from the BEST for starting air-conditioned bus services on the Belapur-Bandra route, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport under the visionary guidance of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik and leadership of NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik, introduced the additional service, which is not just turning out to be a profitable route for them but also a cool ride for the commuters. To know how cool this ride was we traveled from Vashi to Bandra.
While we were sweating out in the heat, the moment the 501 Belapur to Bandra bus arrived and its door slid open, we were welcomed with a waft of cool air. Red and low-floored, the bus looked as sleek as ever. Once inside, it was as cool as a Rajdhani Express while the ticket fair very un-Rajdhani. We had to pay just Rs 30 from Vashi and usually those traveling from Belapur have to pay Rs 45. The scene inside was that of wide aisle, really large windows and plush seats. There was an emergency exit, a first aid kit, yellow painted handles and carpeted floor. Mumbai and its dust clouds swirled past outside the window making us feel like a tourist who was sightseeing around Incredible India in an air-conditioned bubble. No dust getting into our ears, no strange sweat dripping onto our arms and no smelly body odours assaulting our nostrils, what’s more, soothing music played out of the deck. Even when the bus stopped to pick up passengers, there was no jhatkas or jerks, with all looking chilled out as if they had found nirvana.
Like the commuters, we were in awe of the bus service provided by NMMT. The transport body procured the buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission after many passengers had requested them to start bus services connecting the satellite city to Mumbai. Later, the bus was running over the famous Bandra bridge, the sea looking blue and the air feeling clean. Soon, the door slid open at Bandra railway station. We were out of the bus in the heat and grime of incredible Mumbai and with distress, wondered why did Bandra come so soon?
Congress-NCP alliance candidate from the 151 Belapur constituency Ganesh Naik under his election campaigning met the residents of Vashi and got to their issues and problems. During a rally, a huge support of party workers and well wishers was seen encouraging and supporting their candidate. Speaking to the media, Ganesh Naik assured to look up the issues of the masses and resolve them. The campaign rally began from sector 9 of Vashi and if the turnout of the crowd is converted into votes, then Ganesh Naik does indeed hold an upper hand in the upcoming elections over his opponents.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Q. Dynastic politics - that's the word on everyone's mouth. What's your reaction?
A. When Lala Amarnath was the Indian captain and both his sons played for the country, it was not because they were brothers, but because they were players of caliber. And same is the case with the Pathan brothers in today's Indian team. Or take the Mangeshkar family. Can we say only Lata Mangeshkar will be allowed to sing and others in the family cannot sing? And who are these handful of people to talk about dynastic politics, when lakhs of voters are making the choice on the basis of the person's ability and not his lineage? Let the people of Navi Mumbai decide whether the Naiks are capable of serving them or not. Having said that, both my sons, Sanjeev and Sandeep, have an impeccable track record in public life, serving the people of this city and growing from the grassroot level.
Q. You have been the satellite city's first - and only - tall leader. Does that put more pressure on you to take up the cause of Navi Mumbai at the state-level?
A. Why talk about state level. Now, Navi Mumbai has its MP (son Sanjeev Naik), who is taking up its cause at the national level. Our MP is part of the 20-member Urban Development Committee and we expect him to get funds allotted for development of the satellite city. Similarly, we will do whatever it takes at the state level or the civic level to ensure overall development and progress of Navi Mumbai.
Q. Not counting Chhagan Bhujbal, you are probably the only person who has quit the Shiv Sena and grown from strength to strength. The Sena must surely be regretting losing you.
A. First of all, Bhujbalsaab is a senior leader of our party and I can't even be talked about in the same breath. What is more important is that I have been able to do my duties that I set out to do in public life. The corporation is in NCP's control, our MP is from NCP and if both the MLAs are also from NCP, we will be able to work for the city without any hindrance from any quarter.
Q. Your vision for Sanjeev Naik was to send him to the Parliament, which you have. What's your vision for Sandeep Naik?
A. It's not my vision; but our leader Pawarsaab's vision. He is intelligent enough to understand that if we win both the seats in Navi Mumbai, it will be a major boost for the party's growth in the metropolis in the years to come. He has considered many factors before entrusting us with the responsibility of contesting both the seats.
As far as my individual plans are concerned, I plan to retire from active politics in the next ten years and turn to social activity in a worker's role, leaving the electoral politics to the two brothers. And I think ten years is enough time to implement all the plans that I have envisioned for the satellite city of Navi Mumbai.
Q. One of your key pre-election achievements was securing the 2.5 FSI for redevelopment of dilapidated (like JN1) buildings. When will the work actually start?
A. I expect the work to commence by April 2010. It's a huge project, and the work will take place in phases, one node and one sector at a time. It's not only about increasing the FSI; the civic infrastructure will also have to be upgraded, be it water supply, drainage or access roads. The village areas will be systematically developed and aesthetically merged with the subsequently built urban spaces, lending an uniform look to the planned city.
Q. Talking about villages, isn't the villagers-versus-outsiders issue a ticking social time bomb, waiting to erupt sooner or later?
A. This entire villagers-versus-outsiders concept has been created by interested, divisive factions in the city. I was really upset during the Ghansoli riots and took lot of pains to make people realize that there will be no development if we fight with each other. Neither can the new residents flourish without integrating the original inhabitants, nor can the natives prosper without openly accepting the newcomers to the city. But overall, not only are villagers and outsiders co-existing peacefully, but also people from all communities and religions are living happily, without any fear, in Navi Mumbai.
Q. How do you feel when people like Namdeo Bhagat who have literally grown in front of you are contesting against you today?
A. We are living in a democracy; every man has a right to contest in the election. And let the people decide whom they want as their representative. Having said that, these bunch of Congressmen are not real rebels, but mere opportunists. And the people of Navi Mumbai are wise enough to know that they are neither fighting for the people, nor for the party, but just fending for themselves.
Q. And do you have anything to say about BJP's candidate Suresh Haware?
A. I have heard from people that Suresh Haware is staying in Navi Mumbai for the past 20 years, but we have come to know about his existence only in the past 3-4 months. Now, suddenly he has made up his mind to serve the people of this city and he is all over the place.
Q. But doesn't it bother you when these new comers make unrealistic promises to woo the voters?
A. (Smiles). Unfortunately for them, we have done such fantastic work for this city on every front - be it water supply, drainage system, connectivity, transportation, roads, low rates of taxes and high quality of life - that it takes absolutely unrealistic promises for them to even knock on the doors of the voters. And the voters know that. Will they trust someone who has delivered on every count for the past twenty years, or will they hand over their fate to someone who makes up his mind to serve people overnight.
" Ganesh Bhagat is accusing others of dynastic politics, but he is doing the same. He is keeping all designations with himself or giving it to his close ones. Both, he and his wife are corporators while he was also Navi Mumbai Congress chief, is a CIDCO director and member of NMMC Standing Committee. If he speaks of having a big heart, then why is he keeping all the posts with himself? Similarly, he has appointed his own brother Rajendra as deputy chief of Navi Mumbai Youth Congress," stated Ganesh Bhagat, who joined NCP in the presence of NCP leader Ganesh Naik on Monday.
Friday, October 2, 2009
NCP which has 48 corporators out of total 95 in NMMC enjoys stronghold at the civic level since party has representative in almost every part of the city. In 2005 civic polls, NCP contested without alliance and received 1,44,000 votes from across the city which is almost three times more than their opponents.
"Our strength is more than our opponents. During 2005 civic elections, we received 78,000 votes in Belapur while in Airoli we got 66,000 votes, while Shiv Sena and Congress received 15,000-18,000 votes in both the regions. This indicates that our presence is much more than them. Besides, after coming to power, we have processed and carried out developmental works worth Rs 10,000 crore. All these factors will definitely work in our favour," senior NCP leader from the city.
However, this assembly election is witnessing many changes in political circle, especially in Belapur constituency where sitting MLA Ganesh Naik is contesting as NCP-Congress alliance candidate and has been pitted against renowned builder and BJP-Shiv Sena candidate Suresh Haware. Initially, this election seemed an easy victory for Naik.
Congress has altogether 15 corporators in NMMC of which 11 are in Belapur and four in Airoli. The numbers indicate that as compared to Airoli, the Congress' presence is stronger in Belapur.
NCP which has 48 corporators out of total 95 in NMMC enjoys stronghold at the civic level and might get good support. DNA news
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
36 sects of Rajasthani community offer their support as gratitude to NCP candidates Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik
36 sects of the Rajasthani community living in Navi Mumbai came together at Vashi to honour NCP Belapur candidate Ganesh Naik and NCP Airoli Sandeep Naik for their work and give them their support and wishes for the upcoming elections. Both the candidates were honored by tying turbans on their head.
Ganesh Naik – a leader for the last 40 years is known for his work and achievements. His dedication to the cause of progress and development of Navi Mumbai commands respect and honour from all. And as a part of showing their support and gratitude, people from all communities have been inviting Ganesh Naik as he runs for elections again. Rajasthani community is one of the many communities who are witness to the peace and security that Ganesh Naik has provided them as a guardian for villagers and migrants.
Humbled by their support and wished, Ganesh Naik shared with the audience how since his childhood he has never differentiated between people of different castes or creed. Later on speaking to the media, he appreciated the honor given to him by the Rajasthani community.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
NCP-Congress alliance candidates Sandeep Naik and Ganesh Naik from Airoli and Belapur constituencies
NCP-Congress alliance candidates Sandeep Naik and Ganesh Naik from Airoli and Belapur constituencies respectively commenced their state assembly election campaign on Sunday. On the first day of campaigning, Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik accompanied his younger son Sandeep during the visits in Airoli constituency, while Sandeep's elder brother and Thane MP Sanjeev is expected to join them soon. The trio will carry out rally in both the constituencies accompanied by party corporators and supporters.
"We all are serving the city- I as the NMMC Standing Committee Chief, my father as the Thane Guardian Minister and my elder brother Sanjeev as the MP of Thane. It has been decided that we together will approach the city residents to seek their votes," said Sandeep Naik, who is contesting the assembly polls for first time.
The father-son duo has been visiting door-to-door in various sectors of Airoli and has already covered pockets of Anand Nagar, Ganesh Nagar, Ram Nagar, Ganpatipada, Sathe Nagar, Vishnu Nagar, Ilthanpada, Hanuman Nagar, Chinchpada, Yadavnagar and various wards of Airoli constituency. "We are trying to reach-out to each and every voter of the city. Besides, we are also conducting meetings in chowks. We plan our visits and meetings as per the convenience of voters," added Naik.
It's not only candidates, even the party workers and corproators are also busy visiting voters. "We are ensuring that people are not forgetting the services given by the Naiks, who have worked only with an objective over the years - the development of Navi Mumbai," said a Congress worker from Airoli.
Monday, September 28, 2009
CP will win both Airoli and Belapur seats-asserts Thane Guardian minister Ganesh Naik after filing nomination
The much-anticipated moment of filing nominations saw the front runners of Belapur and Airoli constituencies arriving at the centers today. Evidently hundreds of NCP party workers from all over the city gathered at Belapur in support of sitting MLA and NCP Congress candidate Ganesh Naik. In a while Thane guardian minister ganesh naik arrived at Belapur and marched down the road with his supporters to Konkan Bhavan.
Thane Guardian Minister GN has a formidable image as a candidate who created a record in the last assembly elections by winning with a margin of 1 lac 18 thousand votes. He is known as a secular leader who knows every inch of Navi Mumbai like the backyard of his house. Post delimitation his constituency has reduced to 1/5th of its original size. After filing his nominations Ganesh Naik voiced confidence that voters of Navi Mumbai will vote him to power again. The prominent leaders who were present with Ganesh Naik were MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik, Mathadi Leader Narendra Patil and MLC Manda Mhatre.
Conceived by Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik and completed under the headship of Sandeep Naik as Standing Committee Chairman of NMMC, the Thane Belapur today has made the nightmarish commute full of potholes and craters a thing of the past.
When NMMC started the work on Thane Belapur Road, commuters had little trust whether the NMMC would live upto the picture it had painted of a smooth drive to Thane for the next 25 years at a stretch. NMMC allocated Rs. 111 Crores for the work and so far Rs. 130 Crores have been spent on the project. And finally today the ride on Thane Belapur Road compels one to believe that every penny of the tax payer’s money spent on the project has been a worthy investment. Initially the concretization work became a means of constant attack on NMMC and the ruling front for the delay in the work and its quality.
Unanimous opinion is that the drive to and fro from this stretch especially for Navi Mumbaikars and Thaneites was never this smooth, no traffic congestion and time saving. With the media keeping a close watch on the work, the NMMC ensured that the work lived up to the promises made to citizens. The six-lane road is so wide enough that many vehicles can pass at a time from either side. And the concretization work has also ensured that motorists do not have to spend extra on maintenance. And there’s more, the authorities are planning to ensure a non-stop drive on this road after averting all the chances of road crossing by the pedestrians. Necessary provisions have been made in the plan of the flyovers so as to facilitate road crossing by vehicles and pedestrians as well, without obstructing the traffic flow on the Thane-Belapur road.
Post delimitation, Ganesh Naik’s original constituency has been divided into 5 constituencies viz. Thane Rural, Mumbra-Kausa, Meera Bhayander, Airoli and Belapur. During the last assembly elections Ganesh Naik created a record of sorts in the state by winning in this constituency with a record margin of nearly 1 lac 18 thousand votes. When delimitation happened, the political aspirants of both Congress and NCP from these areas became hopeful of running for elections. No points for guessing, that with this started clashes between leaderships within each party. In some cases, the clash within party leadership became so fierce that it became a headache for the party high commands. And no matter how much the Supremos of both the Congress and NCP tried, post declaration of candidatures, rebels and disgruntled elements have surfaced in both the parties. In Navi Mumbai, several ticket hopefuls both in Congress and NCP were upset when the names of Ganesh Naik from Belapur and Sandeep Naik from Airoli were declared. One of the NCP leaders who had demanded candidature from Airoli was Mathadi leader Narendra Patil. However, later he consented to Sandeep Naik’s candidature. And even though some still continued speculations that the Mathadi faction was upset, Narendra Patil came out in full support of the decision of the party to give candidatures to Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik. During Sharad Pawar’s visit to APMC, Narendra Patil said that as Labour Minister Ganesh Naik has worked for the workers class and now that Sandeep Naik is contesting the elections, the Mathadis will ensure that Sandeep Naik is elected with a thumping majority from Airoli constituency.
On the other, NCP Belapur candidate Ganesh Naik informed NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar about his how he got the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s approval for the 2.5 FSI for CIDCO dilapidated apartments and SRA applicable for Navi Mumbai. Sharad Pawar too sent out a message to all the disgruntled elements in the NCP party and urged them to forget who was given candidature or why is NCP fighting from less seats.
The Maratha strongman also voiced confidence that the Mathadi workers and leaders will stand behind Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik during the elections. Sharad Pawar underlined the need of both the Congress and NCP party workers and leaders to work with unity to ensure that the secular alliance came back to power.
With the NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar kicking off the poll campaign for NCP candidates from Belapur and Airoli Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik, it has certainly given a boost to the NCP in the city ahead of elections.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has said that even if NCP got two seats less after its alliance with Congress as compared to last elections, it is the duty of the party to keep Maharashtra united. "I am sure that our party leaders will do it successfully," Pawar said while addressing Mathadi workers on the occasion 76th birth anniversary celebrations of Mathadi leader and former MLA late Annasaheb Patil on Friday at Onion Potato Market, Vashi.
Asking the workers to vote for NCP candidates Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik during October 13 assembly elections, Pawar said, "We are here to create leadership which will benefit Mathadi workers, the leadership that will strive for the development of Navi Mumbai on all fronts."
The party ticket was given to Sandeep Naik, the younger son of Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik. "Narendra Patil is indeed a strong leader but the right things will take place at right time. Let the time come and he will surely get what he deserves," Pawar said.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Thane District Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik also filed his nomination as NCP candidate from Belapur in the presence of huge number of supporters
On the same day, Sandeep Naik, the Standing Committee chief of NMMC filed the nomination from Airoli constituency at Saraswati Vidyalaya, Airoli as NCP candidate. "Mathadi leader Narendra Patil, MLC Manda Mhatre, corporators and people from all caste and religions accompanied me. I would request to exercise their franchise in the favour of the right candidate," Sandeep added. Nerul-based Mahesh Khare and Seawoods-based Sukumar Killedar also filed their nomination papers .