Our MP who got things done & fullfilled his promises
Reaching People Changing Lives
Gurudas Kamat, MP, Mumbai North-West
Baldev Khosa, MLA Versova & District President NWDCC
MLA Andheri (E) & Minister of Public Health and Family Welfare and protocol, GoM.
Ashok Bhau Jadhav, MLA Andheri (W)
Rajhans Singh, MLA Dindoshi
Mumbai North-West District Congress Committee
Bhai Jagtap, MLC
Glimpses of Mass Contact Programmes across Mumbai North West in last five Years
Gurudas Kamat Our MP who got things done & fullfilled his promises
people's leader with clean and proven track record having served 5 terms in Lok Sabha, Shri Gurudas Kamat is presently the AICC General Secretary In-charge Rajasthan, Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and a member of the highest decision making body of the Indian National Congress - the Congress Working Committee. He is serving as Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Mumbai North West Constituency. He has served in the Government of India as Union Minister of State for Home Affairs and Communications and IT from 2009-2011. Gurudas Kamat has had a long and distinguished record of advocating and realizing the needs of Mumbaikars. From solving the basic water needs by pursuing Central Funding of Mid Vaitarna Project, bringing to reality large mass transport infrastructure projects like the upgradation of Suburban train services, Metro Rail and Mono Rail and now the Elevated Railway for the Western Railway, an approximately Rs 21000 Crore project, to helping solve the growing housing needs of slum dwellers of Mumbai by increasing the sq. foot authorized under SRA from 250 to 350 sq ft, getting conveyance for middle class housing societies which have not had the right of ownership in last 30 years by getting the law on deemed conveyance approved, to environmentally sensitive issue of CRZ Development, every issue has seen a passionate and vocal activist for Mumbai in Mr. Kamat. At every stage he has kept the people's confidence and solved even the most complex issues with his trademark ease.
Shri Gurudas Kamat, MP, AICC General Secretary and CWC Member
Shri Kamat’s career in Maharashtra is marked by fearless, dogged opposition to communal and divisive forces and vocal, strident criticism of their deeds. He has relentlessly pursued the development of Mumbai city in particular and Maharashtra in general, and has stood up for the downtrodden masses time and time again. Staunch loyalty to the values and leadership of Indian National Congress, total dedication to people’s work and uncompromising commitment to secularism constitute the tricolor of Shri Kamat’s political fabric. Much loved by the people of his constituency and citizens across Mumbai, they gather in large numbers to his Mass Contact Programmes reaching out to him, knowing his ability to get things done. Weekly Mass Contact Programme - Public Access Meeting Mr Gurudas Kamat meets with his constituents and people from all over Mumbai and from different parts of Maharashtra on the weekends (Saturday’s and Sunday’s) from 9:30 AM till the last visitor has had the opportunity to meet him, which goes on sometimes till 2:00 pm. His reputation as a “DOER” and his helpful nature to reach out and give justice to whoever reaches him and a “Never Say NO” attitude has resulted in large crowds being seen at these weekly or the Area Wise Mass Contact Programmes. The Weekly Mass Contact Schedule for the upcoming week is posted on the website by every Wednesday evening. One can sign up to receive the schedule as an sms update via the website. Ward-wise Mass Contact Programmes Mr Gurudas Kamat has undertaken Ward-wise Mass Contact Programmes on a regular basis in every single one of the 39 wards in his Parliamentary Constituency in the last 5 years. The citizens of the area where the Mass Contact Programme is to be held, are informed more than a week in advance through SMS campaign and by distributing Pamphlets in Multiple Languages (Hindi, Marathi, English ). The citizens of the area bring their respective petitions on the day of the programme and discuss the same in person with the Hon’ble MP at a pre decided location in the Ward. Immediate action within 24 hours is taken by referring the matter to the concerned agencies. Certain matters are taken up by direct phone calls to the concerned Officer in the presence of the Petitioner. This ‘’ CAN DO ‘’ attitude of Shri Gurudas Kamat has adhered him to the Public, who flock in large numbers to these Mass Contact Programmes. Mobile Van – Your MP at your Door Step A first of its kind, a mobile van was commissioned by Shri Gurudas Kamat and inaugurated at the hands of then CM of Maharashtra Shri Ashok Chavan on Feb 18, 2010. The van is posted in various parts of the constituency throughout the week. A set schedule is followed for this van to be in public access areas such as societies, railway stations, markets etc. The citizens can discuss their grievances and submit their letters/ representations through this mobile office for Mr. Kamat. Action is promptly taken on representations received via this medium as well.
A Political Journey 1972 – 1988 A Leader of the Youth: An Advocate by profession, Gurudas Kamat has been in the Political and Social field for over 40 years. Just out of Holy Cross High School in Kurla, Mumbai, Gurudas Kamat began his political career as a student activist in the year 1972. He joined the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of the Congress party while he was studying at Podar College of Commerce & Economics, Matunga. After occupying different positions therein he was appointed President of the Mumbai unit of the National Students Union of India in 1976. As NSUI Mumbai unit President, Shri Kamat with his drive and commitment strengthened the NSUI and took up various issues of student’s interests with the Managements of Colleges, the University officials and Government. Gurudas Kamat joined the Youth Congress movement and was appointed in 1980 the General Secretary of Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress, eventually to be promoted as President of Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress in 1984, the first President ever from Mumbai to lead Maharshtra Pradesh Youth Congress. As President of the Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress, Shri Kamat again demonstrated his natural talent and remarkable ability as organizer and motivator by rejuvenating the committee and energizing its cadre. He also acquired the distinction of representing India at many National and International Youth Conventions. Small wonder, therefore that at a youthful age of 29, the Party High Command, Gurudas Kamat, then President Maharashtra Youth Congress, in recognition of Shri Kamat’s abilities, nominated him for the first time, to contest with Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi at Maharashtra Youth Congress Executive Meeting. the Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North East Parliamentary constituency in December 1984, an election which he won, trouncing the then sitting MP Dr. Subramaniam Swamy and Shri Pramod Mahajan of the BJP. He defeated Smt. Jaywantiben Mehta of BJP in 1991 and Shri Pramod Mahajan again in 1998 by approximately 50,000 votes. Shri Kamat was appointed as President of Indian Youth Congress, one of the largest political youth organizations in the world, in the year 1987 by none other than late Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi also the then President of All India Congress Committee. Gurudas Kamat was elected Member of Parliament for the 5th time from Mumbai North West Constituency and was also a Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Communications and IT. He is one of the few leaders who holds the distinction of being elected 5 times to the august house of Lok Sabha from one of the most aware cities in the world, Mumbai, till date. Gurudas Kamat, was appointed the President of Mumbai Regional Congress Committee by the Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi on 16th March 2003. During his tenure as the Mumbai Congress President, he led and developed the Congress Party to great heights of accomplishments. Under his able leadership massive rallies were organized at Shivaji Park to energize and bring the Congressmen out on the streets and to inspire them to serve the people, which were addressed by none other than Congress President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Such was the mood of the people of the city that they gave Congress a Spectacular Victory by electing 5 candidates fielded by Congress from Mumbai in the 2004 Lok Sabha Elections, Mr. Kamat himself winning by highest margin of 99,500 votes, the highest lead in Maharashtra amongst Congress candidates. He submitted his resignation in March 2008 on completing a successful tenure of 5 years as Mumbai Congress President as he had promised to do when he took charge.
Recognition as a Parliamentarian: With membership of numerous Parliamentary Committees, Shri Kamat’s political career is a long roster studded with achievements, not the least of which is representing India at the United Nations along with Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Shri I.K.Gujral and Dr.Farooq Abdullah, in 1994. Shri Kamat was again nominated by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to represent India at the United Nations in 2012 (A rare honour to be asked to represent a second time) which he could not attend due to personal reasons. The Prime Minister also deputed Shri Kamat to represent him at the 5th International Conference on Federalism in Addis Abbaba (Ethiopia) in December 2010. A picture of meeting with the Prime Minister HE Mr Meles Zenabi as an emissary of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh follows.
Shri Kamat was deputed by the Hon’ble Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Somnath Chatterjee to represent India at the Common Wealth Parliamentary Association, Wilton Park Conference on Financing Politics, curbing corruption and Parliamentary Ethics in United Kingdom, which was held from 7th to 11th June 2004.
Shri Kamat has served on the following Prestigious Parliamentery Committees: 1984-1989 • Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers 1987-1989 • Member, Joint Committee on Railways Bill 1991-1996 • Member, Committee on Industries • Member, Railway Convention Committee • Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers 1998-1999 • Member, Committee on Petitions • Member, Committee on Petroleum and Chemicals • Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Finance 2004 - 2009 • Chairman, Standing Committee on Energy • Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas • Member, Committee on Official Language • Member, Committee on Finance 2005 - 2009 • Member, Ethics Committee (2005-2006) • Member, Press Council of India • Appointed President, India - United Kingdom Parliamentary Association by Speaker (Lok Sabha) He has held membership in the following Government Agencies: • Film Advisory Board of Film Censors, Government of India, 1980-84 • Central Purchases Advisory Council, Government of India, 1980-83 • National Shipping Board, 1985-89 • Committee of Central Board of Direct Taxes, 2004-2009 2009 • Sworn in as Minister of State for Communications and IT, Government of India 2011 • Took charge as MoS Home Affairs, Government of India January 2011 • Was given additional charge as Minister of State for Communications and IT January 2013 • Was awarded the Gold Medal for his contributions to Census 2011, which has been the most exhaustive and elaborate exercise of Census in the country’s history. June 2013 • Appointed General Secretary All India Congress Committee in-charge Rajasthan, Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Member Congress Working Committee.
Personal: Academics and Sports: Shri Kamat attended the Holy Cross School in Kurla. He then joined the Podar College of Commerce and Economics, Matunga. After graduation in Commerce, he won the Prof. Welingkar Trophy for the “Most Outstanding Student” of Podar College in 1976. He was also Captain of the Badminton Team while in college and was also appointed Secretary of the Gymkhana. Shri Kamat was also elected Vice President of the Podar College Students Union in 1975-76 in a direct election, where students from the 1st year to M.Com participated, the President being the Principal. Shri Kamat went on to join the Government Law College in Mumbai, where he was elected General Secretary of Government Law College Students Union in the very first year. He secured a First Class at Law from Government Law College, Mumbai, ranking second in the University of Mumbai. He was subsequently appointed “Fellow” of the Government Law College, Mumbai. Shri Kamat’s success at the simultaneous pursuit of academic excellence and a political career with relentless zeal is a measure of the man’s mettle. A Sportsman An avid sportsman, Shri Kamat represented his school in sports like Cricket, Badminton and Table Tennis and went on to represent Podar College in Badminton. He was also selected to represent his College in Cricket but opted to concentrate on Badminton, as long hours of practice were required to be put for both the sports. Shri Kamat was captain of the Podar College Badminton team for 3 years. Hobbies: An Agriculturist by heart Mr. Kamat pursues farming as a hobby. He has a keen interest in cooking and enjoys sea food. He is also an avid reader. A Family Man: Mr. Kamat was raised in Kurla, in a working class Professional family with no political background. His father Late Shri Vasant Anandrao Kamat worked with Premier Automobiles. Mr. Kamat is married to Smt. Maharookh Kamat, a Parsi. They have a 30 year old son, Dr Sunil Kamat, an accomplished Doctor, having stood first in entire Maharashtra, bagging 6 Gold Medals, and has completed his MD in USA followed by completing his fellowship program in Critical Care at world’s leading Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. He is now working at a leading hospital in New York in Critical Care. Travels Abroad: Mr. Kamat has travelled widely through most parts of Europe, USA, Canada, China, South East Asian countries, Middle East etc. Sports and Clubs: • Maharashtra State Sports Council • Khar Gymkhana • Chembur Gymkhana • India Habitat Centre, New Delhi • United Services Club, Mumbai • Delhi Golf Club
Free Medical Checkups and Medicines In State Hospitals Mr Gurudas Kamat has always sympathized with poor families whose lives fall apart when a medical emergency befalls on them. For this besides helping recommend Medical Help from various trusts and PM and CM relief funds and helping personally, he along with his Colleagues MPs and MLAs have fought for getting Free Medical Checkups and Free Medicines from the Government. This effort has now resulted in Maharashtra Government announcing a decision to provide Free Medicines in all Government hospitals with over 429 essential drugs and 107 consumables as prescribed by WHO (world health organization) to be available to all besides the already running Rajiv Gandhi Arogyadayi Yojana which has benefited over 50,000 patients in last one year with Free Treatments in Mumbai Suburban District alone.
Member of Parliament Local Area Development Fund (MPLAD) MP Shri Gurudas Kamat has recommended development works through the MPLAD (Member of Parliament Local Area Development Fund) totalling about Rs 2085.46 Lakhs which were available in the last 5 years in different parts of the Constituency as per the suggestions received from the citizens residing in the constituency to the Collector Mumbai Suburban District. No balance remains as the fund was fully utilized. Mr Kamat also persuaded other Rajya Sabha MPs including Avinash Pandey (Rs. 111.25 Lakhs) Rajiv Shukla (Rs 57.5 Lakhs) and Shri Balachandra Mungekar (Rs 32.5 Lakhs) to accept the recommendations made by him for the benefit of the residents of the area.
Meeting the Prime Minister of Ethiopia HE Mr Meles Zenabi on behalf of Indian PM Dr. Manmohan Singh
Addressing the 5th International Conference on Federalism at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia- Dec 2010
Discussing Constituency related matters with former CMs Late Shri Vilas Rao Deshmukh and Shri Ashok Chavan along with MLAs
Mr. Gurudas Kamat Union MoS for Home Affairs and C&IT speaking to Jawans of 111 BN Karli Dantewada on 12- 04-2011
With Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi and Dr. Chandrabhan (former PCC President) at a Rally in Rajasthan.
With Son Dr. Sunil Kamat on Diwali day 2013. www.gurudaskamat.com
Receiving the â€œGold Medalâ€? for his contributions to Census 2011 from President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee
Championing the cause of Mumbaikars With Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi
Shri. Gurudas Kamat, Mrs. Maharookh Kamat and their son Dr. Sunil Kamat
Enjoying a game of cricket while inaugurating Andheri West MP Cup Tournament. www.fb.com/GurudasKamatMP
INITIATIVES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR MUMBAI Metro Rail
Mr Kamat through his continuous efforts ensured the sanction and implementation of the Metro Railway (Phase I) costing approximately Rs 4300 Crores from Ghatkopar-Andheri-Versova with viability gap funding of Rs 650 crores from Central Government. The project was inaugurated at the hands of the Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in Ghatkopar (Mr. Kamat’s then constituency). On request of Senior MMRDA and Metro One Officials, regular meetings have been held at Mr. Kamat’s offices to resolve issues which have been sorted out for Early Completion of Metro Phase I. Metro I provides a passenger capacity of 17000 passengers per hour per direction. A train will ply every 4 minutes with total journey time of 22 minutes from Versova to Ghatkopar.
the needs of Mumbai Infrastructure to Moreover, Mr. Kamat continued his efforts to ensure funding of critical infrastructure PM Explaining Dr. Manmohan Singh at the inauguration of Metro I. projects for Mumbai and especially the growth of the Metro rail. Through his efforts approval and sanction of Rs 7500 crores Metro Railway (Phase II) with viability gap funding of Rs 2300 crores from Central Government has been possible. Hon’ble President of India Smt. Pratibha Patil inaugurated the phase II of Metro in 2009.
Inauguration of Metro Rail II at the hands of President Pratibha Patil.
Inauguration of Metro Rail I at the hands of PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, June 2006
The first of its kind in the country, to enhance clean urban transport, Mr. Kamat’s persistent efforts resulted in the approval and sanction of Mono Rail finally costing Rs3000 crores to be implemented from Chembur to Jacob Circle. The project was inaugurated in Chembur (Mr. Kamat’s then constituency) at the hands of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Ashok Chavan.
Mono Rail –Mumbaikars fall in love with it the very first day.
Mono Rail Phase 1 from Chembur to Wadala was inaugurated on February 1st, 2014 and it was Love at first sight for Mumbaikars. 20,000 people rode it on first day of Operations on February 2nd, 2014 and long queues continue.
Inauguration of Mono Rail at the hands of then CM Shri. Ashok Chavan, Feb-2009
Upgrade of Road Transport Across Mumbai
Mr Gurudas Kamat has consistently throughout his tenure worked towards enhancing the road connectivity in Mumbai. People of Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli and Ghatkopar (Mr. Kamat’s earlier constituents), had to travel through Chembur to reach Navi Mumbai. Mr. Kamat through his tenacious follow up, got a special bridge sanctioned from the Central Government, worth Rs 75 Crores to connect Mulund directly to Navi Mumbai, thus providing easy access to millions of people residing in these localities.
Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road – Connecting Mumbai West to East.
Besides, he has actively pursued East West Corridor Connectivity with Roads linking Vikhroli with Jogeshwari - picture above (now completed), Chembur-SantaCruz (which will be completed by end of 2014) and Mulund-Goregaon Link Road (Pending due to environmental clearances). Eastern Freeway
Through his continuous perusal and efforts, an Elevated Road now called the Eastern Freeway has been developed by MMRDA for the convenience of Mumbaikars residing in the Eastern Suburbs reducing travel time to South Mumbai greatly. The14 kms of the 17 km Eastern Freeway was completed on May 24th, 2013. Eastern Freeway comprising of 4 lane 9.29 km is an Elevated Road from Orange Gate on P. D’Melo Road to the beginning of Anik Panjarpol Link Road and 4.3 km road tunnel flyover from Anik to beginning of Panjarpol Ghatkopar Link Road. The cost of all three segments is estimated at Rs 1250 Crores. The 9.29 km Stretch is the longest flyover in Mumbai and 3rd longest flyover in India. The second segment is the 8 lane 5 km long Anik Panjarpol Link Road begins at Bhakti Park and ends near the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Statue in Chembur. This stretch required a construction of Mumbai’s first twin tunnel at the footsteps of BARC mountain connecting the Freeway from Wadala to Panjarpol near RK studios in Chembur.
Eastern Expressway on Stilts- Protecting the Mangroves
Through Mr. Kamat’s consistent efforts to get changes in the CRZ regulations, so that Mumbai’s coastal areas can be Eastern Expressway in the Night. developed for the benefit of its citizens, Versova -Goregaon Link Road pending for many years, will now be approved due to the recent CRZ notification. Proposed Coastal Road Mr Kamat has been actively pursuing the Coastal Road which is a long term solution to traffic woes of Mumbai especially of the Western Suburbs. The Freeway will begin as a tunnel from Marine Drive to Malabar Hill, Priyadarshini Park onto Haji Ali and NSCI. It will continue along the Worli Promenade to the base of the Sea Link. From the Bandra End of Sea Link, the Freeway will continue to Bandra and Juhu via Stilt Roads and uptoVersova with a Rotary Junction at Malad-Mud Island, Kandivili end with an interchange at Malad which will connect the Freeway to the Western Express Highway. Mr Kamat The map of Proposed Mumbai Coastal Freeway is pursuing the clearance of the Coastal Road with Central and State Government and also with the Environment Ministry. The Coastal Road offers to develop Mumbai’s coastline with beautiful Promenades, Jogging and Cycling tracks, landscaped green areas, observation points and viewing galleries.
A Promenade planned in the design of Mumbai Coastal Freeway
Nagri Nivara: Also, in the campaign of 2009 Lok Sabha election, while contesting from Mumbai North-West, Gurudas Kamat promised the Citizens of Nagri Nivara, in Goregaon East (6500 Flats), who had been struggling to get their conveyance deed and property cards done for 29 years, that if elected he will ensure the conveyance within a year. A task that was incomplete for last 29 years leading to lack of clear title for these residents, Mr Kamat through his determined initiative ensured that conveyance was done before his first year in office was over. www.gurudaskamat.com
Nagri Nivara residents get their Conveyance at the hands of then CM Shri Ashok Chavan- A Promise Fulfilled in less than a year. www.fb.com/GurudasKamatMP
In a grand function on April 11th, 2010, the collector handed the conveyance deeds at the hands of the CM, Shri Ashok Rao Chavan to Nagri Nivara Societies. Deemed Conveyance: Conveyance of land from Government or builder to the housing societies is an outstanding issue affecting thousands of societies across Mumbai. Mr. Kamat has consistently fought for ensuring the dream of clear ownership comes to the residents of these societies. His efforts started when he took over as the Mumbai Congress President in the year 2003. Continuing his fight for the rights of these
Citizens gather to thank Mr. Kamat for helping them to get Deemed Conveyance at Millat Nagar in Versova.
societies, this issue was included in the Congress Campaign Manifesto of 2007 BMC elections. This was achieved when the Government announced the Rules for Deemed Conveyance on 28th September 2010. More than 23,000 Societies, where lakhs of people reside, will benefit. The Maharashtra State Government has extended the deadline for Societies to avail the benefit of Deemed Conveyance till December of 2014. Preserving Green Spaces in Mumbai Mr. Gurudas Kamat has always been sensitive to preservation of Gardens, Playgrounds, and recreation grounds and has always encouraged the same by utilizing MPLAD funds as well as through his MLAs. In 2003, when he was the Mumbai Congress President, he
took a delegation of MLAs, Municipal Councillors and Party leaders to then Municipal Commissioner and then CM Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh expressing concern over the “Take-Over” strategy of some Political Leaders of Mumbai’s Gardens, Playgrounds and Recreation Grounds on grounds of maintenance of the same and then slowly converting them into commercial ventures by turning them into Clubs or charging huge amounts from local people for utilizing the same. Mr. Kamat persuaded the then CM Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh to “STAY” such decisions by the Municipal Corporation and allow free access to the people of Mumbai to these Open Spaces. Subsequent efforts of various pressure groups on next CM Shri Ashok Chavan were resisted by Mr. Kamat’s vociferous opposition and he succeeded in ensuring that the “STAY” continues till date and open spaces are accessible to the AAM MUMBIKAR. Upgrade of Suburban Train Services From his 1st election in 1984, Mr. Kamat had realised that majority of the citizens of Mumbai utilized the Suburban Train services for daily travel to their work places and back, apart from the BEST services. He had therefore concentrated on ensuring better train services and fully supported and followed up with the Central Government, the Mumbai Urban Transport Project- Phase-II which was conceived to upgrade road, rail and water transport for the City. Through this project he pursued and ensured the implementation of two additional tracks between Kurla and Thane, better signalling systems, additional Rakes for Mumbai suburban sections regularly, to increase the number of train services, implementation of Kurla Terminus, at a cost of Rs 150 Crores when it was completed, which provided facilities of boarding large number of long distance trains from Kurla instead of going all the way to the CST Terminus. This was a boon to Suburban Rail travellers. He consistently fought for the lengthening of the Platforms to enable 12 coach trains launched on the Central Railway, Western Railway and the Harbour Line, a 25 year struggle which is now seeing completion. He also got 15 coach trains started at the hands of Railway Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee on the Western Railway at Andheri Station in his Constituency in 2009, and an announcement of 100 additional train services for the “AAM MUMBAIKAR” to ensure a better life for them as the Suburban Railways is a lifeline of Mumbaikars. All through Mr. Kamat has taken keen interest in having special ladies bogies and ladies special trains during peak hours. Mr. Kamat has ensured commencement of a number of long distance trains due to his continuous follow up, to meet the demands of Mumbaikars, travelling to the farthest corners in the South, North and Eastern parts of India. Elevated Railway At the same meeting in 2009, he made a plea to have an Elevated Railway System for Mumbai for both the Western and the Central Railway to ensure expansion of the Railway Network to ease the problems of the commuters. This was futuristic and innovative solution considering lack of space in in Mumbai. His consistent follow-up has yielded results and an approximately Rs 25000 Crores Elevated Railway for Mumbai on the Western Railway from Virar to Church Gate was approved. The Elevated Railway from CST to Panvel and also from CST to Thane had been rejected due to technical reasons and in-spite of the rejection Mr. Kamat persisted and got these projects cleared from Central and the State Government also costing approximately Rs 22000 Crores. The Chief Minister Shri Prithviraj Chavan acknowledged Mr Kamat’s contribution to getting the Elevated Railway Project for Mumbai in his speech on Saturday April 20th, 2013 at Andheri Sports Complex. Nahur Railway Station Long pending demand of Citizens for a railway station between Mulund and Bhandup (Mr. Kamat’s earlier constituency), in view of huge residential colonies that have come up, was met by getting a special sanction after many many years of follow-up and the Station was constructed and then inaugurated at the hands of the Railway Minister Shri E Ahmad. Oshiwara Railway Station This long pending demand for a station between Jogeshwari and Goregaon was pursued and got approved by Mr. Kamat. Construction is now on and is likely to be completed by next year as soon as the road over-bridge is completed by the BMC. Modern Station at Andheri Mr Kamat has been persuading the Ministry of Railways for modernization of Railway Stations upto International Standards. In his earlier term, he had got Ghatkopar Station included and in the present term he has got Andheri station included in his present constituency in the list of few select stations that have been picked up for modernization. New Amenities at Jogeshwari Railway Station He has also persuaded the Railway Ministry for better amenities at Jogeshwari Railway Station along with complete roofing cover to protect the commuters from sunlight or rain. Water Transport Mr. Kamat, realizing the need for various modes of transport for Mumbai citizens, took up the issue of Water Transport with the then Union Surface Transport Minister Shri Rajesh Pilot in 1987 and organized a meeting between him and the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Sharad Pawar and got the necessary approvals for Water Transport connectivity from Nariman Point to Worli to Bandra, to Versova, Malad on the Western side and Nariman Point to Trombay and Navi Mumbai on the Eastern Side. Catemaran services commenced on the eastern side for a few years, but due to environmental issues, the entire project got stalled. Mr. Kamat however persisted with his follow-up and all necessary permissions have now been given by the Ministry of Environment, Government of India and this mode of transport should be available for Mumbai Citizens shortly.
Low Cost Housing for Middle and Low income families A home is a dream of every family living in Mumbai. Mr. Kamat agitated to ensure flat prices of MHADA should always be sold at cost+ Administrative Charges (No Profit) which will benefit thousands of flat applicants to get housing at affordable rates. When the then CEO and VP MHADA Mr. Chandrashekhar unilaterally announced a hike in the rates of MHADA flats, Mr. Kamat agitated with the then CM Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh by taking all MLA’s along and protesting that MHADA Act did not provide for any profiteering and the Board was only entitled Cost of Construction plus Administrative Cost. The three hour meeting ended with Mr. Chandrashekhar being dispensed with one of his responsibilities that very evening and it ended with Mr. Chandrashekhar’s resignation. He continued his fight for the rights of low and medium income families, agitated and got approved FSI of 2.5 for each building to promote and ensure re-development of MHADA Colonies in Aram Nagar and DN Nagar in Versova, Shastri Nagar in Goregaon, Tilak Nagar in Chembur, Pant Nagar in Ghatkopar and Kannamwarnagar in Vikhroli and other MHADA Colonies all over Mumbai which will benefit thousands of families to get bigger accommodation. Slum Free Mumbai – A Dream: To accommodate growing families of the slum dwellers, Shri Kamat agitated and got approved flat area increase from 225 sqft to 360 sqft built up area under the slum rehabilitation scheme to ensure bigger tenements and thus promote a slum free Mumbai. CRZ Relaxation for Redevelopment The much needed redevelopment work of many societies across Mumbai such as Bangur Nagar in Goregaon, Sardar Vallabhai Patel Nagar in Versova alongwith development of certain key roads and infrastructure have been affected by the CRZ regulations thus affecting fisherman colonies (koliwadas) and other poor and middle income families. Mr. Kamat is pursuing the relaxation of the CRZ rules, in order for these colonies to get authorization for development. Relaxation of CRZ Rules, after very many years, will benefit lakhs of families. Gulmohar Society, Versova Through his committed efforts, Shri Gurudas Kamat helped the Gulmohar Society residents of about 200 flats, to get the reduced pricing for the homes purchased from MHADA upto a value of 50 Crores plus reduced interest. The residents had been struggling for last 15 years with the Government for the same. Mid Vaitarna- A solution to Mumbai’s Water needs Mumbai’s growing population needs a long term solution to its water needs. BMC’s Mid Vaitarna project was the proposed solution. Sanction and approval of Mid-Vaitarna project costing Rs 1600 crores with nearly Rs 450 crores funding from Central Government to solve the water problems of Mumbai citizens for the next 20 years was done by the efforts and follow up of Shri Gurudas Kamat. It is worth noting that this project had been given up through the tenure of the BJP-ShivSena Government in the Centre, with many Cabinet Ministers from Mumbai in that Government. Mr. Kamat, as Mumbai Congress President, during the 2004 election campaign, promised the citizens of Mumbai that if Congress came to power, this project will be approved for Mumbai. And so was done and work is now completed. Mumbai Storm Water Drainage System Upgrade (BRIMSTOWAD): Mumbai has a drainage system which was put in place by the British. The city has certainly outgrown it, the floods of 2005 being an effect of the same, investment was needed urgently to upgrade the existing Sewerage system. Approval and sanction of financial support of Rs 1200 crores towards the BRIMSTOWAD project to upgrade sewerage system of Mumbai through Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai was possible by the sustained efforts of Shri Gurudas Kamat. Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh flew down to Mumbai especially to hand over the first cheque of Rs 400 crores to BMC for this project. Both the then Chief Minister’s Shri Vilas Rao Deshmukh and then Chief Secretary Shri Johny Joseph publicly acknowledged Mr. Kamat’s role in getting the required funds for this project in the presence of the Prime Minister, at the said function in Sahayadri Guest House. Piped Gas Project One of the pioneers of new initiatives, Mr. Kamat through his continuous efforts worked for bringing Piped Gas to Mumbai Households. Clean and safe, developing a green Mumbai, this initiative resulted in sanction and implementation of Rs 450 Crore Piped Gas to nearly five lakh families from Chembur to Mulund in the first phase benefiting nearly 25 lakh people and then to other parts of Mumbai including Mumbai North West where presently connections are being given. Solar Energy Development As the Chairman of the Standing Committee of Energy in Parliament, Mr Kamat had taken the initiative to ensure usage of more and more renewable energy like Wind and Solar all over the country. The recommendations of his committee were accepted by Government of India and Rs 90,000 crore Solar Mission has now been announced by the Central Government. At the state level, as President of Mumbai Congress, Mr Kamat had led a delegation to the then Chief Minister Shri Vilas Rao Deshmukh to issue directions to the BMC and all other Municipal Corporations in the State to make it mandatory for all new buildings (Commercial/Residential) for putting in place Solar Panels to ensure reduction of usage in conventional energy. He had further pleaded with CM Shri Ashok Chavan to reduce property taxes through the Municipal Corporations so people residing in old building could be motivated to adopt solar energy. These recommendations have now been accepted by the Government and necessary notifications issued, and Solar Connectivity for Commercial Buildings has now been made compulsory. Mr. Kamat is still pursuing the matter related to private residential buildings.
Water Conservation As part of his efforts for conservation and effective utilization of our water resources, Mr. Kamat has recommended to the BMC, usage of recycled water for purposes of gardening, construction etc. as per the model used in New Delhi. This will ensure that precious drinking water is conserved thus helping solve the water woes of Mumbaikars. These recommendations are being pursued by Mr. Kamat. Mumbai in Crisis In the aftermath of the 1992 riots that were triggered in Ayodhya/Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai suffered with 52 persons being killed in Govandi, Trombay which was Mr. Kamat’s then constituency. People still remember and talk about how Mr. Kamat landed from Delhi and inspite of the rigorous curfew orders, reached out to the people and helped restore normalcy by pleading with the Commissioner of Police Shri Bapat, DCP Shri YC Pawar and the then Chief Minister Shri Sudhakar Naik, by requesting them to extend the relaxation of the Curfew period so that people could be helped and provided with milk, vegetables, meat and bread, which went a long way in restoring normalcy in the most seriously affected area of Mumbai. This effort of identifying with the affected people and being with them in times of crisis has been the hallmark of Mr Kamat’s career. When riots took place in Siddarth Colony, Chembur or when 12 people were shot dead in Ramabai Colony, Ghatkopar, Mr. Kamat was in the area helping out the people and the Police to restore normalcy. Subsequent to this incident, which was due to the desecration of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s half Statue, Mr Kamat took the initiative to get a new full length standing statue installed with all approvals of the Statue and the Memorial Design being approved by the local committee with a view to bring normalcy in the area. The statue was inaugurated by then Chief Minister Shri Ashok Chavan. Deluge in Mumbai In 2005, when most parts of Mumbai got flooded due to incessant rains, breaking a 130 year record, Mr Kamat being the Mumbai Congress President, is remembered for walking in waist deep water in the most affected areas across Mumbai helping out people and officials and ensuring proper distribution of food grains and money to the most affected poor, with his team of Congress workers and MLAs, whereas leaders of other prominent political parties had shifted themselves with family to 5 Star Hotels and even celebrating their birthdays. Mithi River Project and BRIMSTOWAD In high level meetings thereafter with the State Government and the Central Leadership, It was then decided to desilt Mithi river, broaden its borders and deepen its depth so that in times of similar crisis in future water from suburban Mumbai which flows into the Mithi River could easily flow into the Sea at Bandra without affecting the low lying areas. It was also then decided that the Storm Water Drain Pipes need to be changed after 130 years of usage with funding from the Central Government with an initial cost of Rs 1200 Crores. Work has since them commenced across Mumbai and the project cost now stands at Rs 2000 Crore more than the original estimate of Rs 1200 Crore for which Mr. Kamat is pleading with the Center along with the Maharashtra Government for its sanction. Terrorist Attack on Mumbai and the Country:
Explaining the plight of citizens affected by Deluge of 2005 to Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi and then CM Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh.
Gurudas Kamat was in the forefront pleading for and assuring people of normalcy. In a top level meeting with the PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Smt Sonia Gandhi, the then CM Shri Vilas Rao Deshmukh, Shri Sharad Pawar, Shri Shivraj Patil, the then Home Minister and other top Govt officials, it was Mr Kamat’s suggestion to cover the entire city with CCTVs and to start with minimum 5000 of them and to secure the country’s coastal borders with High speed Patrol Boats for monitoring and tackling enemies of the country from carrying out any future attacks of such nature, which were accepted. It was this meeting which finally ended with the decision to have a National Security Guard Base and Training Center at the Aarey Milk Colony campus which will train commandoes for Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat. For a start, Mr Kamat sanctioned Rs 50 lacs from his MPLAD funds for CCTV coverage to assist the police detect crime and plans to sanction another Rs 50 lacs in the year 2012-2013. Unfortunately the Police Authorities, in-spite of taking up the matter with Mumbai Police Commissioner Dr. Satyapal Singh, have not been able to make a decision on the specifications of the same.
Kolis and Adivasis of Mumbai Fishing Harbour for Kolis (Fishermen) at Versova Village The fishing community are the original inhabitants of Mumbai. Unfortunately, their genuine demands for better infrastructure have been ignored all these years. On a petition from the Versova Fishermen, for a Mini Fishing Harbour to be constructed at Versova, Mr Kamat took up the issue with Central and State Government, and has got Rs 125 Crore Fishing Harbour approved. A team of Department of Fisheries, Government of India and Government of Maharashtra have visited the site and have got the design of the Fishing Harbour approved by the Fishermen. It has now been submitted for Final approval.
International Fish Aquarium at Versova Mr. Kamat made a demand when the Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Sharad Pawar visited the Fisheries Directorate in Versova for an International level Aquarium to be setup at the Directorate in Versova. The demand was promptly accepted by the Union Minister. Fight for the underprivileged: Basic Amenities for Adivasis In a city like Mumbai, which is considered the economic capital of the country, one could not have imagined that there are hamlets of Adivasis who are denied water, sanitation facilities and electricity; till all of them resolved in the election of 2009 to back Shri Gurudas Kamat as their Member of Parliament. Soon after the elections Mr. Kamat organized two separate meetings with the Chief Minister and representatives of approximately 3500 tribals living within the precincts of Aarey Milk Colony and got a special budget of Rs 2 crores sanctioned through which water connection, toilet facilities, pathways and NOC for providing electricity has been approved and works have been initiated and several of them have been completed. A 100 acre plot in this area was sanctioned for setting up a commando training center by the Government of Maharashtra with the collaboration and funding by the Central Government. Mr. Kamat has got a scheme approved for providing free education and free medical aid for the children of the Adivasis in the school and the hospital which would come up for the commandos. Besides this, a total area of 23 Acres, on which the tribals have been growing rice over several decades and which would have been denied to them due to the opening of the much needed commando center, alternate area of 23 acres within Aarey Milk Colony has been assured to them thanks to the efforts of Shri Gurudas Kamat. Necessary recommendations in this regard from the Collector have been sent to the Government. Withdrawl of Diesel Price Hike for Fishermen Diesel Price Hike of Rs. 11.50 was imposed on Fisherman (who were categorized as Bulk Consumers) recently, which had a nation-wide reaction against the hike. The Fishermen from Versova, along with their leaders from all over Maharashtra met Mr Kamat on January 18th, 2013 and pleaded with him to take up the issue. Mr. Kamat met Mr. Veerappa Moily, Hon’ble Union Minister for Petroleum, in Jaipur and in Delhi, and represented the plight of the Fishing Community. Several important leaders of the Congress Party including the Vice-President Shri Rahul Gandhi and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Prithviraj Chavan also took up the issue and as a result, the Fishing Community was shifted to the General Category and they were saved from the burden of the hike.
Some of the Achievements of UPA Government - Bharat Nirman MINIMUM SUPPORT PRICES TO FARMERS MORE THAN DOUBLED IN LAST 10 YEARS • MSP’s for paddy increased from Rs 550 to Rs 1310, wheat from Rs 630 to Rs 1400 and coarse cereals from Rs 505 to Rs 1310 • More than 11 Crore kisan credit cards issued to farmers • The annual target for agriculture credit increased from Rs 1 Lakh Crore to Rs 7 Lakh Crores GRAIN PRODUCTION SETS NEW RECORDS • In the last 10 years rice production increased from 83 to 104 million tonnes, wheat from 68 to 92 million tonnes and sugarcane from 237 to 341 million • With over 80 million tonnes of grains in stock, food security of the nation is now ensured. • India is now one of the top countries in the production of milk, fruits, vegetables, eggs and fish Approximately 81 Crore Indians Get Right to food through Food Security Act, 2013 • This path breaking initiative was possible because of tremendous growth in food grain production in the Country as highlighted above. • Due to the initiatives of UPA Government 1 and 2 India became number 1 Rice exporting country in the world and number 2 Wheat exporting Country in the world. 4.98 Crore Households get Employment through MGNREGA 19.97 crore children get Right to Free and compulsory education • 7.5 Times Increase in Expenditure of Mid Day Meal Programme • Massive expansion in higher education 7 New IIMs, 8 New IITs, 10 New NITs Established Right to Information has given every citizen the right to make government accountable MORE THAN 35 CRORE TELEPHONE CONNECTIONS IN RURAL AREAS • Rural teledensity increased more than 25 times from 1.57% in 2004 to 42%in 2013 • One of the lowest telecom rates in the world • Internet connections now reaching 48 crore people; Broadband to reach 2.5 lakh villages by 2014 OVER Rs 1,95,000 CRORE OF BANK CREDIT PROVIDED TO MINORITIES • Most of the Sachar Committee recommendations implemented. 18200 KM HIGHWAYS BUILT AND UPGRADED IN THE LAST 10 YEARS SEVERAL LAWS IN 10 YEARS TO STRENGTHEN SAFETY OF WOMEN www.gurudaskamat.com
Koli women gather in blazing sun to listen to Gurudas Kamat at a felicitation meeting organized by Maharasthra Macchimar Samiti in Versova Village for his efforts in getting the Diesel Price Hike Withdrawn.
Meeting with MMRDA Commissioner Shri Ratnakar Gaikwad at MMRDA and with BMC and MMRDA Officials at Mr. Kamatâ€™s Offices
Addressing a large gathering of the Film Mazdoor Union members at Andheri Sports Complex.
At CRPF Academy Gurgaon
Meeting with Former Municipal Commissioner Shri Swadhin Kshatriya and later with present Municipal Commissioner Shri Sitaram Kunte on various constituency related issues
Addressing the ITBP troops Serving at the Lepcha Border with China in the Spiti region as MoS Home Affairs
At the CISF Academy Ghaziabad on their 42nd Raising Day
Printed & Published by: Mumbai North West District Congress Committee on 25-02-2014
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