Even as there is anger over the transfer of Shrikar Pardeshi in Pimpri-Chinchwad, the situation is opposite in the PMC over the transfer of Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak. There is not even a whimper of protest, though Pathak claims he is satisfied with his performance and lists his achievements.
The transfer of Pathak was due as he was set to complete three years in May. “I rate the performance of Pathak as average as he did not do much for the city. No public reaction to his transfer is an indication that he did not meet the expectations of citizens,” said civic activist Vivek Velankar.
In fact, Pathak would be remembered for shielding corrupt civic officials as a lot of irregularities came to light but he did not initiate strong action against any of them, he added. “Municipal commissioners are government employees, but they have to leave a mark on the city with their initiatives to improve the life of citizens. In case of Pathak, there has been no change in the city,” Velankar said. The civic administration was relaxed and careless during the tenure of Pathak as it did not fear being taken to task and it affected the overall performance of the city, he said.
Satish Khot of the National Society for Clean Cities said Pathak was sincere and hardworking but failed to do much for the city. “There has been no change at the ground level and the concern of the public continues. There was a lot of scope for him to show his capabilities as a good administrator, but he could not,” he said.
Pathak did manage to bring in funds for development projects, but the implementation has not been up to the mark, Khot said, adding that the start of BRTS has been delayed while the issue of garbage disposal has cropped up after the failure of processing plants to treat the waste with full capacity.
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He said Pathak did not take serious note of the irregularities in the real estate. But Pathak claimed he was able to push the Metro rail project, bring funds for water supply schemes in the city and was all set to start the BRTS on Nagar Road.