Cutting across party lines, elected members of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) unanimously postponed their decision on giving their opinion on the state government’s plan to form a new municipal corporation out of 34 villages that were proposed to be merged into PMC. As the proposal, which has been pending since July, came up for discussion, the corporators decided to postpone it by a month. The proposal would now come up in the general body meeting of December.
Political parties are witnessing a lack of consesus within their respective parties as some corporators are opposed to the proposed merger of villages to be part of a new civic body. “The PMC is an established civic body and being a part of it is going to help the proper development in the villages. If the villages are part of a new municipal body, they would suffer as it would take time to establish its system and machinery,” said a corporator.
“The new civic body will have no funds for development work as it would take time to streamline its revenue generation at the beginning,” the corporator said. Earlier, the PMC administration had estimated an expenditure of around Rs 2,000 crore through its exercise on civic infrastructure development in the new area after they are included in civic jurisdiction.
As per the estimate prepared by each civic department, the PMC would have to spend Rs 600 crore for constructing roads, Rs 300 crore for developing gardens, Rs 220 crore for water supply, Rs 190 crore for civic buildings including schools, hospitals, cultural halls and civic offices, Rs 170 crore for sewage treatment, Rs 64 crore for electrical works like street lights, Rs 9 crore for health department and Rs 6 crore for the education department.
The state government had issued notices for merger of 34 villages in PMC limits and the public hearing on suggestions and objections on the same was completed recently. The villages proposed to be merged include Mhalunge, Sus, Bavdhan, Kirkitwadi, Pisoli, Lohegaon (portion not already under PMC), Kondhwe-Dhawade, Kopre, Nanded, Khadakwasla, Shivane, Mundhwa, Manjari, Narhe, Shivane, Ambegaon (Budruk), Undri, Dhayari, Ambegaon (Khurd), Urali Devachi, Mantarwadi and Holkarwadi, among others.
The PMC general body, while conveying its preparedness to merge 34 new villages in civic jurisdiction had sought funding from the state for developing civic infrastructure in the area proposed to be included in the city.