PMC corporators protest approval to Nagpur Metro

Congress-NCP corporators say BJP is ignoring the Pune Metro project because the party is not in power in the city.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published:August 21, 2014 3:21 am
PMC-main Pune Municipal Corporation

As the political scene is getting heated up with the Assembly elections round the corner, the NCP-Congress ruling alliance in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) protested against the BJP-led Union government for approving the Metro rail project for Nagpur city ahead of Pune.

In the general body meeting on Wednesday, the corporators of NCP raised slogans against the BJP-led Union government, for discriminating between Nagpur and Pune, by approving the Metro rail project for Nagpur ahead of the one for Pune.

The corporators carried banners against BJP for not approving the Pune Metro rail project and demanded a speedy approval of the same. NCP corporators Dilip Barate, Sachin Dodke and Vaishali Bankar led the protest.

Later, Congress corporators, led by Arvind Shinde and Ulhas Bagul,  joined the protest, as they raised the concern that BJP was purposely ignoring the Pune Metro project as the party is not in power in the city.

City Congress chief Abhay Chhajed condemned the union government decision to approve Metro rail project for Nagpur ahead of Pune. “Union minister Nitin Gadkari, who is taking credit for the Metro rail project for Nagpur, should clarify if he is the minister of the country or just of Nagpur,” Chhajed said.

Earlier, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan too had criticised the Union government move to approve the Metro rail project of Nagpur while holding back the decision on Pune. “The union government should have approved Metro for both the cities or it is discrimination,” he had said.

Gadkari had responded saying that the Metro rail project was being approved due to his continuous follow-up, and the state government was delaying completion of the process for final approval of Pune Metro.

Meanwhile, the chief minister had claimed that all the necessary processes had been completed by the PMC.

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    PuneKar
    Aug 21, 2014 at 7:29 am
    I believe Congress was in power for 10 years they couldnt do anything why the sham of protest!
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    aniPunekar
    Aug 22, 2014 at 4:19 am
    Central Gov should have approved both the projects choosing Nagpur metro and ignoring Pune Metro Project is simply discrimination
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    kay punekar
    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:08 pm
    Dude lot f money already invested to improve pune transport system....but nthn helped.... The BRT startd in pune, it failed. Pmc shud introspect rathr than getting jealous
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    Indian
    Aug 21, 2014 at 4:02 pm
    first u improve ur gkpotion of nagpur is 2.052 millionand potion of pune is 2.538 millionand everyone knows why nagpur is undeveloped,it only because of ministers from western maharashtra.
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    monty nagpuri
    Aug 21, 2014 at 7:05 am
    Exactly dude...
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    Pravin
    Aug 21, 2014 at 8:54 am
    what you guys (congress NCP) did for last 60 years in Vidhabha/nagpur. This is the answer to your ignorance to nagpur till now. Also, the question should be asked for Pune & not why for nagpur ... you bull corporators of Pune.
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    punekar
    Aug 21, 2014 at 9:15 am
    this is really unexpected & ridiculous thing from gadkari.. not expected from good person like him. pune metro is more important than nagpur so gov. have to think on this issue. pune is very big city than nagpur even than mumbai & potion is double than nagpur ..more developed city than nagpur..that's why pune metro is much more imp than nagpur
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    pravin
    Aug 21, 2014 at 7:33 am
    Frankly speaking since formation of Maharashtra, why this congress government ignore the transportation system of Pune city.
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