Thane: “Thane city has witnessed many historical events. This is the city which saw operation of the first train in the country.
Similarly, while being a part of the digital revolution, the city earned the honour of becoming the first digital city of the country,” said Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray. He was speaking at the launch of DigiThane app held at Dr Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha here on Tuesday.
Tel Aviv in Israel is the first digital city in the world, while Thane has secured the honour of becoming the second digital city in the world, Thackeray said.
Thane District Guardian Minister and Minister of State Eknath Shinde, Dr Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv Jaffa city in Israel and Thane Mayor Meenakshi Shinde were present. MP Shrikant Shinde, MLA Pratam Sarnaik, Ravindra Phatak, Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, Collector Mahendra Kalyankar, Additional Commissioner Sunil Chavan, Sameer Unhale, Marathi actress Sonali Kulkarni, actor Mangesh Desai were also present.
“Thane, known as the historical city, now will don a new identity of becoming a digital city. I am proud that along with Mumbai, Thane is also on the path of development,” said Thackeray, adding that this has happened as Shiv Sena walked hand in hand with the administration. He said, “Earlier, language was an important tool of communication, but now technology is the new language.”
Dr Huldai congratulated Jaiswal for creating digi city platform like Tel Aviv. Dr Huldai said, “This platform was developed in Israel in 2014 and we had appealed to Indian cities to develop the same. But it was Thane which took the first initiative. Initially, we were skeptical if this project will start so soon. But the Thane Municipal Corporation completed the project within the deadline and I appreciate the same.”
“Thane Municipal Corporation has always worked with a vision and stressed that it is not in a race to become just another metro city, but it will create infrastructure on par with other metro cities of the country,” said Eknath Shinde.
'The dream of becoming the 'first digital city - DigiThane' was realised as people voted for Shiv Sena and I am proud of it,” added Shinde.
1,000 users in one hour
“After the DigiThane app was launched, within an hour, total 1,000 Thaneites downloaded this app,” said Jaiswal. Residents of Thane having digi city card will avail several benefits at several malls in the city and MCHI has announced 0.5 per cent discount on the purchase of flat using this card. Similarly, the hotel association has also announced five per cent discount to card owners. Around 200 shop owners and malls have enrolled themselves on this platform,” he added.