Catering to the basic civic needs of the citys increasing population is the biggest challenge for authorities. The first step towards it will be the revised development plan of the city that should reflect these needs.
The citys fast growth led to the extension of civic jurisdiction in 1997. However,the demand to expand the geographical boundaries of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to check the haphazard development of the areas alongside civic jurisdiction has been raised again. Unfortunately,inordinate delay in finalizing the development plan of fringe areas by the civic administration and then in its approval by the state government led to incongruous development there.
The city has two development plans – one for the old PMC jurisdiction and second for the extended area. After holding the DP for the extended area for six years,the state government recently gave its nod and paved the way for planned development of the region.
As if that was not enough,the civic administration delayed the preparation of the revised development plan for the old city limits. The PMC was supposed to have the revised DP ready in 2007,but it prepared it only after a four-year delay and has now submitted the draft to city improvement committee.
For the first time,the DP has been prepared after a detailed study of socio-economic,demographic and land use status of the city. The citys growth coupled with the rapid pace of development has posed a huge challenge to the civic administration in terms of fulfilling the needs of the citizens, said Arun Dhimdhime,chairman,city improvement committee.
The need for an efficient public transport system,better traffic management,health facilities and safety measures,primary education,cleanliness,water supply and entertainment facilities are part of the civic bodys responsibilities to a great extent.