Visiting Nasik for the second time in past 10 days, MNS chief Raj Thackeray gave signals that he is seriously focusing on the city.
Many however, see the visits as a damage control measure after the MNS debacle in the Lok Sabha elections.
During his last visit Thackeray met officials of Nasik Municipal Corporation, his corporators and reviewed the issues and works in Nasik. The visit on June 19 was focused on certain projects like Goda Park and gardens in the city.
During his visit Raj Thackeray reviewed the Goda Park project along with representatives of Reliance Foundation who have taken the responsibility of developing it. He further hinted that development of Pelican park, Shivaji garden in the city and garden at Indira Nagar jogging track will have to be developed with privatization.
Given the fact that MNS keeping its word was instrumental in cancelling the privatisation of octori, which was levied and handed over to the corporation, its present stance of privatising the works of the city seems to be contradictory.
There are more important issues in the city like roads, traffic congestions, water supply, sewage treatment plants, Godavari river pollution, cleanliness in the city, environment, which are expected to take priority in the agenda of city development. Focus on gardens may come up later.
It was expected that Raj Thackeray would keep track of the city's issues immediately after MNS gained power in the corporation. Barring a few visits after a few months, Raj Thackeray seemed to have lost valuable time.
His current visits have raised hopes in line with the adage 'better late than never.'
Thackeray had maintained that his office bearers and corporators have failed to communicate the work done by his party for the city.