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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                    pradyumna
                    Aug 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm
                    Frankly speaking it is just a technical failure. There are many criticalities in Pune metro plan. Some groups are opposing the 4 FSI thing around project while it has been made optional in Nagpur. To some extent, NIT chairman Pravin Darade really took many efforts to get all the clearances. The DPR was sent back twice. A little push from Gadkari may have worked though. But it is the media, especially the marathi media which has completely polarized this issue and provoked punekars and nagpurkars against each other. Deliberate headlines like Nagpur chi metro dhaavli ani punyachi yardatach! are unfortunate. This has proved the fact that it's the main stream media that is dividing people and not political parties.
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                      pradyumna
                      Aug 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm
                      Pune is not important than Nagpur. Grow up, get a life!
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                        pradyumna
                        Aug 21, 2014 at 3:44 pm
                        why the is pune metro more important than Nagpur??? This is such a ridiculous statement made by you. In front of law each and every citizen and region is equal. Yes Pune is bigger than Nagpur, so what? Should development happen only in Pune? Does Maharashtra exist beyond Mumbai and Pune? Pune has EMU service on Pune-Lonavala sector, despite of several requests the Central Railway has ignored the demand for EMU services in Nagpur and surrounding region. Thus we have to cram in general coaches of long distance trains and have to suffer abuse. What the do you think about yourselves. That pathetic Sharad Pawar got you everything that too at the behest of Vidarbha. This atude of yours has led to thousands of farmer suicides in Vidarbha. Your PMC agents were sleeping when NMC and NIT workers were burning midnight oil to get the required clearances from the centre. THe state gvt. did absolutely nothing. The Punekars forgot that Sharad Pawar is no more at the center and thus it wouldn't be a cakewalk for all the projects to be set up in Pune only. Many industries which were willing to set up their shops in Nagpur were compulsorily pulled to Pune by offering steep tax benefits by Sharad Pawar. Don't make us lose our patience. Just 2-3 projects sanctioned for Nagpur and you guys are already fuming with jealousy. This is the best example of why Marathi people are not united. Grow up and get a life! 5 bangdya waali gaadi!!!
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                          Nagpurkar
                          Aug 21, 2014 at 4:11 am
                          I hope Punekars are getting the taste of their own medicine... You Ignored Vidarbha for 60 years and now crying over something good happening there....
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                            vikram
                            Aug 21, 2014 at 8:27 am
                            1 Nagpurkar
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