Days after Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan sought to settle the debate on allowing constructions on hill-tops and hill-slopes of bio-diversity parks of 23 merged villages,the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP),the Congress ally in Pune Municipal Corporation,today did a U-turn and opposed the four per cent construction,announced by Chavan on Monday. The NCP said it was against any construction.
NCP city president Vandana Chavan,in a press conference at PMC headquarters on Friday,announced there should be no constructions on hillslopes and hilltops and said Deputy Chief Minister and party leader Ajit Pawar was in agreement with the issue. Mayor Mohansingh Rajpal was present at the press briefing.
On Monday,when the CMs announcement was welcomed in general,Vandana Chavan,a vehement opponent of any construction in BDPs,had openly voiced her resentment.
She said after the CMs announcement,she had met Ajit Pawar in Mumbai. We discussed the decision to allow four per cent constructions. Pawar agreed there should be no constructions on hills, she said adding 90,000 citizens had submitted objections to constructions on hills. We need to honour sentiments of Puneites. Our leader Ajit Pawar is also of the same view. The NCP is committed to protecting green hills of Pune. There should be no construction in BDP area, she said.
Asked why the NCP had changed its earlier stand,she said there have been two opinions within the party right from the start. Many corporators were against construction on hills,but were not saying so openly, she said.
The DP for the 23 villages was sent by PMC to the state government for approval in December 2006. Since then,the NCP and the Congress have been sparring on whether construction should be allowed or not. The Congress city unit has been advocating no construction. With the CM allowing constructions,local Congress leaders also decided to abide by the decision. At one time,NCP had demanded 8 per cent construction on hillslopes and hilltops.