PCMC diary: Anti-encroachment drive to continue despite protests

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has taken up the task of removing illegal constructions in the vicinity of the Pavana riverbed and along nullahs.

Written by Express News Service | Published: July 5, 2012 4:30:37 am

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has taken up the task of removing illegal constructions in the vicinity of the Pavana riverbed and along nullahs. Last week,PCMC demolished several constructions in Keshavnagar area of Chinchwad where several families protested but to no avail. Only a school was spared. On Wednesday,the PCMC continued its drive along the Pavana river in Kalewadi. It demolished a four-storey,a single-storey and two five-storey buildings in Kinara Colony of Kalewadi. Officials said the drive will continue despite protests from residents and politicians in the area.

Civic officials come under under
fire for ‘lavani’ on anniversaries

PCMC officials have come under fire for celebrating birth anniversaries of national leaders by organising “lavani” programmes. Corporators say civic officials should instead organise awareness drive or educational programmes on such occasions. On Tuesday,members of the standing committee took officials to task ‘for blowing precious funds’ on organising lavani on birth anniversaries of national leaders. Standing committee chairman Jagdish Shetty presided over the meeting. On June 25 and 26,PCMC had organised the Rajashree Shahu Maharaj Jayanti Mahotsav. RPI corporator Chandrakanta Sonkamble said,“Instead of conducting awareness programmes,PCMC held Lavani and entertainment programmes. What purpose does this serve?” The civic administration said it would ensure this does not happen in future.

Reward to celebrate the girl child

PCMC has devised a novel way to celebrate the birth of a girl child at its hospitals. It will give money to the mother of the child for clothes. On Tuesday,PCMC standing committee sanctioned Rs 13.28 lakh for this initiative. Standing committee chairman Jagdish Shetty said the move is aimed at honouring the girl child. “With female foeticide being rampant,we all should make efforts to give the pride of place to our girl child. The PCMC has taken this small step on its part. The amount will be paid to the mother of the child born in the PCMC hospitals,” he added.

Pay fine,regularise water lines

The PCMC has urged citizens to pay penalty and regularise their illegal connections,or face disconnection of water supply. The PCMC administration has extended the deadline for such regularisation to July 31. Officials said if citizens do not get their connections regularised,then water supply to them will be disconnected.

Contractor gets show-cause notice

PCMC has sent a show-cause notice to a contractor who was given the job of maintaining the burial ground near Morwadi,Pimpri. He has been asked to reply to allegations that he was negligent in maintenance work.

Civic officials said Municipal Commissioner Dr Shrikar Pardeshi recently inspected the burial ground and found that the maintenance work carried out by the contractor was not up to the mark. One of the objections the Municipal Commissioner raised was that cattle were found on the burial ground and cow dung was scattered there. The ground is known as Virshaiv Lingayat burial ground and has the Ananddham crematorium.

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