|Shri Manohar Kumbhejkar, a senior correspondent was felicitated by CM Devendra Fadnavis with the Versova Gaurav Puraskar|
Eminent personalities, including Bollywood, were awarded Versova Gaurav Puraskaar.
Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister while addressing a big gathering on the occasion of Versova Festival admired the social work being carried out by Dr. Bharati Lavekar, BJP MLA from Versova. He congratulated her for making all-round development of Versova. He stated that not only she put the problems faced by Versova people in the Legislative Assembly but also make a follow up rigorously to see that the problems get resolved in a proper way. He admired her work and expressed faith that the people of Versova shall strongly support her in her work.
CM further stated that for the last 4 years he has been inaugurating the Versova Festival. He further stated that Dr. Lavekar has really done excellent work in branding the Versova Festival thereby reaching out to the public at large. He further stated that Versova is the land of eminent personalities and he had the honour to felicitate them. This time also the Versova Festival was inaugurated at the hands of Shri Fadnavis. He gave away awards to the personalities in various fields including Bollywood. The grand function was Chaired by Vinayak Mete – the chairman of Shivasmarak Samiti. Mr. Vinayak Patrudkar was the Chief Guest. The dais was shared by eminent personalities like Subhash Ghai - renowned Film Producer, Anandji – renowned maestro, Dr. Bharati Lavekar, MLA and convener and other dignitaries.
Fadnavis while appreciating her work, further stated that the credit goes to Dr. Lavekar who constantly followed up the matter of constructing the Amarnath Tower to AVP Nagar linking bridge. He also stated that BJP believes in practical working and not breaking the coconuts without doing any work. There was a demand from Dr. Lavekar to construct a sports stadium at Versova. On this, he assured that soon instructions to MMRDA shall be given to construct a sports stadium where sports activities on Olympic level could be conducted. He also stated that the government shall give a thought to have Bollywood hub in Versova. He further stated that he shall request Piyush Goyal – Railway Minister to erect an escalator on the west side of Jogeshwari Railway Station. He also stated that a Post Office shall be opened at Lokhandwala soon.
Fadnavis remembered that last year he had declared that the Koliwadas in Mumbai shall be demarcated and today he was proud to announce that this work has been completed. He clarified that the new CRZ rules shall change the life style of the sons of the soil. He informed that after completing the road construction work from Bandra to Versova See Link and Coastal Road, it will take only 30 minutes to reach the Versova Festival ground from Nariman Point.
Shri Manohar Kumbhejkar, a senior correspondent was felicitated at the hands of Shri Devendra Fadnavis. CM conferred him with the Versova Gaurav Puraskar for his remarkable social work. Lokmat Editor Mr. Vinayak Patrudkar was the chief guest on the occasion. While appreciating his constructive work for the last 23 years, the CM stated that Mr. Kumbhejkar was following up the problems particularly of the Koli community and general public with the government. At this function M/s Sajid Nadiadwalla – Film Producer, Nishigandha Wad – Actress, Boney Kapoor – Film Producer, Salma Aaga – Actress, Bharat Yadav – Wrestling Trainer, Ramkaran from Anupa Public School, Dr. S. K. Bulchandani – Ophthalmic Surgeon, Milind Kulkarni – Solid Waste Management and other dignitaries were felicitated at the hands of Devendra Fadnavis by awarding them Versova Gaurav Puraskar.
In her inaugural speech Dr. Bharati Lavekar stated that the problems pertaining to Versova remained unattended and unresolved for the last 20 years before 2014 which is known to the Versova citizens. However, our Chief Minister took initiative and called for a meeting on 26th August, 2015 and she was happy to say that during the last 4 years, she could resolve majority of the long pending issues, of course with the help of the present government. She further stated that a fund of Rs.55 crores has been sanctioned thereby the Phase-1 work of sand-erosion-resistant-bund and the construction of joint road could be started. Due to this work, it would be possible for the public here to take a comfortable walk on the sea beach. Further, in Phase-2 work, 320 crore fishing jetty would be constructed thereby the Koli community would be benefited in future. Further, with the fund of Rs.4 cr 1 lakh arranged by Shri Devendra Fadnavis and Shri Nitin Gadkari, 1 lakh 31 thousand cubic meter silt could be pulled out. At this juncture, Dr. Lavekar put a demand to Shri Fadnavis to make available balance fund of Rs.38 crores from the Sagarmala Yojana for pulling out balance silt. She further requested the Chief Minister to make an effort to construct a well equipped drama theatre in the Andheri Sports Complex.