The arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a session on Day two of a banking conference to be held in Pune has seen the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and other bodies go into overdrive.
Not only has the premises of the National Institute of Banking Management (NIBM), which is the venue for the two-day conference which will begin on Friday, but also its neighbouring areas have been given a facelift before the arrival of the PM.
Termed Gyan Sangam, the conference will see Chairman and Managing Directors (CMD)s of all the 30 Public Sector Banks (PSB) converging to discuss various issues related to the sector. It is being considered as a brain-storming session of the heads of the banking and financial world. They will deliberate on financial inclusion and banking reforms. Modi is scheduled to address the CMDs on Saturday, which will mark the conclusion of the conference.
While the finance minister is micro managing the technical deliberation, the PMC has accelerated its pending work in the area. As the prime minister is supposed to take the NIBM Road, the entire stretch of the road has been repaired with more than a dozen potholes being filled.
All the road dividers have been marked and kerbs have been given a special coat of paint. Ward officials of Bibewadi Ward Office said they had been assisted by staff of other ward offices to finish the pending work.
Apart from work related to repair of roads, anti-encroachment work was also taken up in and around the area. Vegetable vendors or other small traders were removed from the area. Some of the vendors said they had been asked by the police not to open their shops till the PM left.
The police said Modi would be flying by a chopper from Kolhapur and would land at the racecourse helipad. He will then head to NIBM for the function and will fly for Delhi from Lohegaon airbase. It has been observed that many potholes on the route have been filled, the signage boards and road markings have been painted.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sarang Awad said, “We had written to the PMC and cantonments asking for these repairs to be done. They have been done so accordingly.”
“Repairs of roads was a major part of the work slated for PM’s visit. Non-functional street lights have also been fixed,”said an engineer with the Ward office.