Sparks may fly at PMC meet today

The ruling NCP and Congress had criticised the smart city mission a few months back and are likely to repeat their stand.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published: December 9, 2015 12:47 am

Concerned over the possibility of giving away their powers to the special purpose vehicle for implementation of the smart city project, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is all set to witness a stormy session of the special general body meeting on Wednesday which has been convened to discuss the smart city plan of an estimated cost of Rs 3,500 crore prepared by the civic administration.

The Shiv Sena, which is sharing power with the BJP in the state and at the Centre, is likely to lead the protest as party corporators raised objections to provisions in the guidelines of the smart city project that would take away powers from the elected representatives.

“It would be improper to give away powers to the special purpose vehicle for the smart city project and reduce the importance of elected representatives. This would turn out to be dangerous once the powers go to the bureaucrats in the special purpose vehicle,” said a Sena leader.

The Sena leader added that the Union government is going to fund Rs 500 crore while the remaining would be raised through loan or recovery from citizens that would put an additional burden on the latter. “There is no clarity over its implementation and the civic administration should have declared the revenue model in the beginning. The development of one area under smart city would create unrest among the rest of the city,” he said.

A few elected representatives of various political parties informed that the civic administration is approaching the leadership of various political parties to support the PMC claim for smart city. “The civic administration is trying to put pressure on us through our senior party leaders to approve the smart city plan,” said an MNS corporator.

The ruling NCP and Congress had criticised the smart city mission a few months back and are likely to repeat their stand.

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