The much-awaited Agri Koli Cultural Centre at Navi Mumbai was inaugurated by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday.
Built by the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) at a cost of Rs23 crore, the centre in sector 24 in Nerul includes an auditorium, a multi-purpose hall and an activity area.
While deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar presided over the function, the inauguration was attended by guardian minister Ganesh Naik, MP Sanjeev Naik, MLAs Sandeep Naik and Prashant Thakur, Navi Mumbai mayor Sagar Naik and municipal commissioner Bhaskar Wankhede among other dignitaries.
Prithviraj Chavan said, “I am glad that the centre has been inaugurated on Narali Poornima, a festival celebrated by the Koli community. The centre is aimed at preserving the culture of the Agri-Koli community.”
About their plans for Navi Mumbai, Chavan said, “Nearly 10% of the inhabitants are still to receive their promised 12.5% developed land in return for the land acquired from them. We will take strict action against the encroachers in Thane district. We are considering implementation of the Slum Rehabilitation Authority scheme in Navi Mumbai. There is also a need for the redevelopment of the old buildings constructed by CIDCO.”
Pawar assured that CIDCO would soon have its head. He said, “The post of the managing director has been lying vacant since May 2010. We will ensure that CIDCO gets an MD soon.”
Said Tanaji Satre, joint managing director, CIDCO, “We have also planned a Bhoomiputra Bhavan in Panvel. We are also planning a housing scheme for the lower income group and 7,000 houses for the economically weak sections. Nearly 1,500 houses will be constructed for the higher income and middle income groups.”