Pune district collector Vikas Deshmukh is awaiting PCMCs notice to move forward towards getting municipal council status for Chakan and Rajgurunagar.
I am waiting for the report from PCMC before I forward my report to the government for the final decision, said Deshmukh Tuesday. Last week,the state government had floated a proposal to merge Chakan with PCMC.
There were three options – municipal council status,a merger with PCMC or becoming an industrial township. The last,however,was not accepted.
Earlier,the gram panchayats of Chakan and Rajgurunagar passed a resolution for the inclusion of these areas under the municipal council. The district administration had forwarded it to the state government. The decision to send both the reports was decided after PCMC took the decision to merge Chakan in their area, said a district official.
The clamour for inclusion of Chakan and Rajgurunagar under the municipal council has been growing due to rapid industrialisation and the proposed airport plan. The gram panchayats passed the resolution,followed by the panchayat samitis and zilla parishad in favour of the municipal council as it would be better equipped to monitor the areas, said the official.
For an area to get the status of a municipal council,its population should be more than 15,000. Chakan and Rajgurunagar fulfill the criteria. They have a population of over 40,000, said the official.