IN ABSENCE of a budgetary provision for the development of basic infrastructure in 11 villages, which have recently merged in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits, Mayor Mukta Tilak has sought a diversion of Rs 100 crore from the 2017-18 civic budget to meet the basic needs of the local residents. During a meeting with the Standing Committee Chairperson Murlidhar Mohol and Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar, Tilak said, “There is an urgent need to take up the work of providing basic civic facilities of road, drainage, water supply, solid waste management in the 11 villages. Thus, the civic administration should allocate Rs 100 crore from the current budget for the purpose.” Around 2.78 lakh people live in these 11 villages, spread across 81 sq km, she added.
“There are more than five months for the next financial year and it would be improper to hold the civic infrastructure projects in the 11 villages till then. So, Rs 100 crore should be provided on an immediate basis,” she said. A civic official said, “The PMC has also taken over gram panchayat-owned properties, government schools and hospitals in these villages. Government officials have been merged with the civic staff, so the PMC would have to pay for the salaries and operation of thes officials. This, too, would require funds from the PMC.”
Meanwhile, the PMC administration has started preparing a five-year plan for the development of the basic civic amenities in the 11 villages. Officials said, tentatively, the project is estimated to cost around Rs 2,229 crore.
On October 4, the state government had issued notification for inclusion of Lohegaon, Mundhwa-Keshavnagar, Hadapsar-Sade Shivane-Uttamnagar, Shivane, Ambegaon Khurd, Undri, Dhayari and Ambegaon Budruk, Uruli Devachi and Phursungi in the PMC limits. The PMC has sought financial assistance from the state government for the development of new area. Officials have also sought suggestions on levying property tax in these areas. Dedicated civic engineers will be assigned in the new area, added officials.