As the state election commission decided to apply code of conduct to all civic bodies ahead of the municipal council polls, Mayor Prashant Jagtap said the decision may hamper Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s development work as around 35 per cent of the total Rs 2,100-crore capital work is yet to be implemented for the current financial year.
“This was for the first time that the election code is being made applicable to PMC during the election of municipal council in the district. The code would once again come into force during elections for the legislative council seats. PMC elections are mostly going to be in February for which there would be election code. This means the election code would continue to exist till the end of PMC polls, which means till the end of financial year,” he said.
Complaining that the proposed development works in the city would get affected due to restrictions of election code, he said, “The PMC has made a budgetary provision of Rs 2,100 crore as capital expenditure for 2016-17. However, the PMC is yet to undertake projects worth Rs 750 crore proposed in the budget and the civic body would not be able to spend the funds.”
We would approach the court if there is no change in decision he added.
Jagtap, along with guardian minister Girish Bapat, met the state election commissioner urging him to spare PMC from the code during the legislative council elections citing less time before the existing five-year term ends in March.
On Tuesday, the mayor also urged Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis to forward their appeal and avoid break in the development works of the city.
Jagtap also pointed out that the process for starting river improvement project and metro rail project would further get delayed.
“The state and Union government approved projects would require the consent of standing committee and general body meeting before being launched. The election code of conduct would put restrictions on their approval,” he added.