In Vasai-Virar, under the leadership of Mr. Rajan Naik District President at Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Vasai – Virar has been actively involved in various development projects and initiatives. They have played a significant role in bringing the Gujarat Gas pipeline to Vasai-Virar after the 2014 general elections. Under the leadership of former MLA Mr. Chintaman Vanaga, efforts were made to obtain permission for laying the pipeline, and with the support of the BJP government, the pipeline was successfully extended to reach every society in the region.
Furthermore, it is worth noting that despite the approval of a substantial budget of 1800 crore rupees by the central government in 2018 for the widening of the underground water pipeline in Palghar district not completed inspite of allocating around 288 crore rupees for Vasai-Virar.
Additionally, during the tenure of the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, the responsibility for the water pipeline project in Vasai-Virar was transferred to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), and the project was set to commence. However, due to political maneuvering by Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena during the 2019 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections, the BJP government could not come to power in the state. Consequently, the project faced delays and challenges.
Currently, the government led by Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis is diligently working towards providing water to the people in Vasai-Virar. It is essential to acknowledge the tireless work of the government in fulfilling the water needs of the region.
However, it is disheartening to observe that the region has not seen the arrival of major corporate companies or the creation of sufficient job opportunities. Basic amenities, such as a multispecialty hospital, have been neglected, depriving the local population of crucial healthcare facilities.
Moreover, the last four decades under there are lack of essential amenities, including water, electricity, and employment opportunities, has severely impacted the lives of the local population. Despite investing substantial amounts in purchasing flats, people still struggle with water scarcity and rely on alternative storage methods. Electricity supply remains unreliable, with frequent power cuts, and backup systems like inverters often fail to provide adequate support. This situation has particularly adverse effects on vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly, who endure discomfort and health risks due to the absence of electricity and excessive heat.
In terms of education, Vasai-Virar lacks significant colleges, with Viva College being the only prominent institution. The absence of other major colleges restricts educational opportunities for the local youth, limiting their prospects for higher education and career advancement.
Consequently, the people of Vasai-Virar are forced to commute daily to Mumbai in search of employment and livelihood opportunities. The difficult journey on crowded Mumbai local trains consumes a considerable amount of their time and energy, leaving them with limited quality time to spend with their families. This cycle of commuting and work leaves individuals exhausted, with little scope for personal well-being or leisure.
Considering these circumstances, it is evident that if any development has taken place in Vasai-Virar, it is primarily due to the efforts of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the current government led by Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis. The claims made by the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi, its leaders, and their families seem unsubstantiated when compared to the lack of progress and neglect experienced by the region under their rule.
In light of these factors, it is domineering to consider a change in leadership and aim for the emancipation of Vasai-Virar and Palghar district from the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi. A fresh perspective and effective governance can pave the way for true development, addressing the long-standing issues faced by the local population and providing them with the opportunities and amenities they rightfully deserve.