With just four months to go before the election code of conduct for the 2017 civic polls comes into force, elected representatives of all political parties in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) are making a last effort to get more funds for carrying out development work in their respective electoral panels.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Vasant More had managed to get the civic body to make the budgetary allocation for infrastructure development in his electoral panel of Katraj. The projects include installing the tallest flagpost of the state at Katraj lake to develop it as a tourist destination, in addition to the routine development works in the area.
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“The budgetary allocation made for some proposed projects is unlikely to be spent this financial year due to various reasons. Thus, I have asked to divert the funds that are going to be unspent for some new projects,” said More in a letter to the standing committee chairperson.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator Vikas Dangat has sought diversion of funds to complete the civic projects that are getting delayed due to shortage of funds. “I had proposed civic projects that required large funds. They were started a few years ago and work proceeded slowly as per the availability of funds … so I have asked the mayor to provide funds for the project,” he said. Shiv Sena leader Ashok Harnaval has been lobbying civic offices to get funds for carrying out the work of the newly-constructed hospital and an art gallery. “The funds not being used for proposed civic work can be used for the purpose,” he said.