Villagers say large tracts in their villages are under cultivation and the decision would render farmers landless
Days after the state government move to merge 28 more fringe villages with the PMC area,people of these villages are merging to put up a united resistance saying it would hurt them,farmers in particular. On Tuesday,a delegation from 15 of the 28 villages submitted a memorandum stating their opposition to the merger.
Members of the delegation said that large tracts in their villages were under cultivation and the state government decision would render farmers landless.
Local politicians and the civic officers would reserve these land for public facilities and the owners will have to look for alternative sources of income, said Suresh Patil,sarpanch of Kondhwe Dhawade.
He said that the PMC has been unable to develop the 23 villages brought under the PMC limits in 2001 and these 28 villages,would face a similar situation.
The 15 villages where there is a marked resistance to the move are Bavdhan Budhruk,Uttamnagar,Khadakwasla,Shivne,Ambegaon Budhruk,Kirkatwadi,Kopre,Sus,Mhalunge,Kondhwe Dhawade,Pisoli,Lohegaon,Handewadi,Wadachiwadi and Uruli Devachi.
Meanwhile,the civic administration has begun preparations for the merger and is assessing funding as well as manpower needs to cater to the new area.
In a recent meeting,Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak directed the three additional municipal commissioners to divide the responsibility of assessing the administrative needs to meet the expectations of people of the villages that are to be added to the PMC area. PMC officers have been asked to ascertain the additional staff required to serve the new area, said a civic officer.
On October 11,the state government had issued a government resolution that 28 more villages will be merged with the PMC area. Interestingly,the state government decision came on its own even as the civic body was yet to make its stand clear on extending the PMC boundary. It has sought suggestions on and objections to expansion of civic limits by November 11.