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Pre-monsoon prep is the top-most priority

Q&A: Sitaram Kunte, new municipal commissioner of Mumbai.

india Updated: May 01, 2012 02:10 IST
Kunal Purohit

What do you see as the biggest challenge the city faces?
There are a number of shortcomings in Mumbai as in any urban centre. Providing housing to the city’s growing population is one of the many challenges, but there are several agencies such as Mhada, SRA and the housing department that are working towards it.

Since Rajiv Awaas Yojana has been launched, the issue is expected to be addressed in a better way.

What are your priorities?
Since I am taking charge in May, the obvious immediate concern would be to speed up pre-monsoon preparations. Also, the wide range of extensive, long-term projects that were taken up during Subodh Kumar’s term would be taken forward.

What is your vision for the city?
Since I was the additional municipal commissioner from 2000 to 2005, I have first-hand knowledge of the issues in the city. But it is too early to speak of long-term plans.

I still have to hold detailed discussions on a number of projects with Mr Kumar to come to terms with the vast changes since 2005.