Initiatives and Accomplishments for Mumbai: Crisis Management
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.