ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Monday alleged that the police was responsible for delay in road works in the city.
Raising the issue at the general body meeting, Congress leader Arvind Shinde said that the police are creating hurdles for the PMC in carrying out the civic projects on city roads. “The police consent takes 10 to 15 days. It is directed that the work cannot be started without the police consent,” he said.
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MNS leader Rajendra Wagaskar urged the municipal commissioner to check the wrong doings of the city police by stopping various civic projects in the city. “It is very serious that the city police is creating hurdles in the civic projects that require digging of road or footpath. The work is stopped in between and the police reaches out to contractor seeking details of the tender amount,” he said.
Deputy mayor Mukari Algude said that there is a lot of harassment from the police at different levels. “It is unclear on who from the police department is to provide consent for the road work. One has to make rounds of police chowky, police station and even the zonal office for getting the consent,” he added.
Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar said the civic administration would soon establish a coordination cell of PMC and police staff while urging the city police to give their consent within 24 hours on the permissions of road digging.As the elected representatives from all political parties expressed concern over the telecommunication companies damaging the city roads and footpath, mayor Prashant Jagtap directed the civic administration to put a stay on all the work of telecommunication companies to lay underground cables by digging roads or footpaths.
“The companies should not be allowed to dig roads as at many places newly-constructed roads and footpath are dug,” he said.