Political revolt threatens to delay inclusion of 20 villages under PCMC

Adhalrao,Mohite-Patil warn of agitation,Vilas Lande too against merger of Chakan with PCMC

Written by MANOJ MORE | Pune | Published: September 4, 2013 1:04:56 am

Even as the state government floated the proposal to include Hinjewadi,Dehu,Alandi and Chakan in the limits of Pimpri-Chinchwad,Shiv Sena’s Shirur MP Shivajirao Adhalrao-Patil and NCP’s Dilip Mohite-Patil have come out strongly against the move,describing it as politically-motivated and have threatening to launch an agitation. Another NCP MLA,Vilas Lande,said villagers should be taken into confidence before any decision is taken

Last week,the state government sent a proposal for the inclusion of 20 villages in the jurisdiction of PCMC to the civic body and asked it to present it before party leaders. Party leaders principally gave their nod and asked PCMC to present it to the civic general body.

Adhalrao said,“Chakan is widely known as an industrial area where industries are taxed less,which is why their has been a growth in investment in the area. What will Chakan gain by getting into PCMC limits?”

“This is nothing but a desperate bid to gain political mileage on the eve of elections,” he said.

Blaming the state government for doing nothing for the development of these areas,Adhalrao said,“The lack of development in the temple of Alandi is because of official apathy. The government says it has sanctioned funds developing Alandi,but no work has been done towards the same,” he said.

NCP MLA from Khed-Alandi Mohite-Patil said Alandi has a 100 year-old municipal council. “PCMC is just 30 years old,” he said. He said the state has sanctioned Rs 650 crore for developing the temple towns of Alandi,Dehu and Pandharpur. “Of the Rs 650 crore,Alandi has been sanctioned Rs 257 crore. We are waiting for the development plan to be approved. Alandi has its own identity and is famous across the world. If its brought under PCMC,Alandi will lose its identity and status,” he said.

Mohite-Patil said he was surprise the proposal has been floated just when the move to grant municipal council status to Rajgurunagar and Chakan is in the final stages. “The file is on the table of the Chief Minister for final approval. It is surprising that the issue of their inclusion in PCMC limits has come up now,” he said.

Both Adhalrao-Patil and Mohite-Patil threatened to launch an agitation if the state does not shelve the plan.

NCP Bhosari MLA Vilas Lande,however,refused to take a clear-cut stand. “Villagers in these areas should be taken into confidence before the move,” he said. Lande said both Dehu and Alandi should be brought in civic limits. “Both these temple towns have suffered a lot over the years. There is no development in these areas even though lakhs of warkaris converge here,” he said.

He added that as Chakan was about to become a municipal council state,it should not be included in PCMC limits. “Chakan should be independent,” he said.

Lande said though the state government sanctioned several crore for developing these towns,the question is who would maintain it after. “Once roads are made,they need to be maintained. I’m sure PCMC will do a better job than the municipal councils,who struggle to make even one good road,” he said.

Opposing the move,BJP leader Eknath Pawar said the proposal is a well-thought out plan BJP to indulge in land-grabbing. “This makes it clear that the government wants to create a mafia raj,” he said. He supports Mohite-Patil view that industries will disappear from Chakan if included under PCMC.

“If PCMC is going to give concession taxes,only then should Chakan be merged. But I don’t think this will happen,” said Santosh K,a resident of Chakan.

However,residents such as D K Jadhav believe Alandi,Dehu and Chakan should not be merged with PCMC. “PCMC wants money as octroi has been scrapped and LBT is not giving it the required cash. So it is looking to earn from us.”

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