DEVELOPMENT : Pimpri-Chinchwad gets less basic amenities from PCMC; 6 of 56 hospitals & 14 of 98 playgrounds reserved developed
A Fortnight after the Pune Municipal Corporation conceded that it has implemented only 35 per cent of the development plan,it has emerged that the industrial town of Pimpri-Chinchwad has done worse. It has seen the implementation of only 10 per cent of its development plans from 1995.
On all fronts vis-a-vis basic amenities,the PCMC has been found wanting. Neither has it been able to acquire land for basic amenities,nor to develop the acquired land. Of the 56 hospitals reserved in the development plan of 1995,only six have been developed; of the 98 playgrounds reserved,only 14 have been developed; of the 228 schools reserved,only 24 have been developed and of the 22 vegetable markets,the twin towns have got only six of them.
The details came to light on a Right to Information application moved by Shiv Sena corporator Seema Savle.
Nothing can be more shocking. A mere 10 per cent implementation of the development plan shows how much the PCMC cares for its citizens, said civic activists DG Baliga and Shridhar Chalkha.
Independent corporator Maruti Bhapkar,however,said land acquisition was a major problem. The litigation for land acquisition goes on for years and this hampers development… But that doesnt mean the PCMC can get away with poor implementation. Will power is required to work for the good of the people,and it is lacking.
The PCMC has been acquiring land in pieces. It has 88 hectares in its possession,but that too remains under-developed, says Savle.
Mayor Yogesh Behl,senior NCP leader and four-time corporator,said the PCMC was not supposed to run hospitals. Of the 56 hospitals reserved,we might have developed only a handful. But that is because the PCMC is supposed to run dispensaries and not hospitals. The civic bodys main job is to provide primary treatment.
On schools,he said parents are not willing to send children to civic schools. They prefer to send their children to private schools,even if it means paying exorbitant fees.
Behl said there was a problem of land acquisition for vegetable markets,but the PCMC was determined to set up proper vegetable markets. On the playground front,he conceded that the civic body had failed miserably. If we have failed to develop over 80 playgrounds,thats our big failure. We will find out the reasons and do our best.
He pointed out that the PCMC had come into existence only in 1984,while the PMC is over 50 years old. 10 per cent implementation of DP is definitely not good,but we will try and improve upon this.