PCMC to halt demolition drive during Ganesh Festival

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) administration has decided to halt its drive against illegal constructions during the forthcoming 10-day Ganesh Festival owing to unavailability of police force that will be busy ensuring security during the festival.

Written by Express News Service | Published:September 11, 2012 4:07 am

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) administration has decided to halt its drive against illegal constructions during the forthcoming 10-day Ganesh Festival owing to unavailability of police force that will be busy ensuring security during the festival.

Municipal Commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi said,“We have decided to stop the drive during the festive period. We will restart the drive when police force is available after the festival,” he said.

Meanwhile,as many as 60 individuals have secured a stay from the Bombay High Court against civic body’s demolition drive. The citizens had approached the court after the civic body issued them notices asking them to demolish their illegal structure on their own or face demolition from the civic squad.

Pardeshi said the next hearing has been scheduled for September 25. “We will wait and see what happens on September 25 and then take an appropriate decision,” he said.

In another development,the PCMC held its first ever Grievance Redressal Day for its employees on Monday. As many as 23 complaints,18 related to administrative department and two from the octroi department,were received. Besides this,one complaint each was came from garden,medical and secondary school sections. The civic body had set up a six-member committee under Joint Municipal Commissioner Amrut Sawant to look into the issues of the employees. The Grievance Redressal Day is an initiative of Municipal Commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi.

Civic officials said Grievance Redressal Day is similar to Lokshahi Din organised by civic bodies to address the grievances of citizens .

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