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Posted on Oct 23, 08:15PM | UNI
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today handed over keys to the tenants of the BSUP, a housing project under JNNURM, at Dombivli in this district on the eve of the Dussehra festival.
Among others present on the occasion were ministers Rajendra Gavit, Ganesh Naik, MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre, deputy chairman in state legislative council Vasant Davkhare, leader of the opposition in legisltaive council Vinod Tawde, Kalyan MP Anand Paranjpe, Kalyan-Dombivli mayor Vaijyanti Gholap and municipal commisisoner Ramnath Soanavane.
Speaking on the sidelines of the function, Mr Chavan said that Maharashtra was heading towards becoming a slum-free state and such projects would go a long way in achieving the target.
He said that the state was not in a position to generate employment which was left to the private players. While, the state will act as facilitator and provide infrastructure, he noted.
Underlining the need of setting up the integrated townships in the state where the housing, industries and other civic infrastructure will be made available for the citizens, he said that this will promote the concept of walk to work.
Later, at a function organized by the Dombivli Vyapari Mahamandal, Mr Chavan was felicitated for ablolishing octroi in several civic bodies.
He was given a golden citation and shawl by the office-bearers of the Dombivli Vyapari Mahamandal, Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.
Speaking after the felicitation, the Chief Minister declared that the government will do away with octroi in all the civic bodies of the state in a phased manner and justified the introduction of local body tax (LBT) in place of octroi. He said that the LBT had benefited several civic bodies.