With the city police putting restrictions on election rallies on busy city roads to avoid inconvenience to citizens,the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has now offered respite for candidates and political parties. It has decided to make available amenity spaces across the city for rallies.
Some political parties have concluded the interviews of aspirants while the rest will complete the exercise by this week. Aspirants,under the impression that their candidature has been finalised,are launching election rallies. Main junctions of the city are the preferred locations for political parties and candidates to hold rallies,but these spell inconvenience for citizens.
The police announced restrictions on election rallies on arterial roads and main junctions and the decision on rallies on small roads would be taken by police stations in consultation with zonal DCP. The decision to allow rallies on city roads and junctions will be taken by the police. As political parties and candidates would seek permission for rallies on civic properties,amenity spaces can be made available for the purpose, said Ramesh Shelar,in-charge of PMC Anti-Encroachment Cell.
There are 255 amenity spaces which are yet to be developed available with the civic body. These can be made available for election rallies, he added.
Ramesh Pasalkar,an aspirant,said,Main junctions and city roads have been used for election rallies. If they are not available,then amenity spaces will do.