Updated: September 1, 2021 7:56:12 am
The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has set up a 25-member committee for preparing a draft plan for ward formation for the civic elections, slated to be held early next year. The committee is expected to submit its draft plan in a month’s time.
Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil has issued the orders for setting up of the committee, which includes deputy director, Town Planning, executive engineers, deputy engineers and junior engineers.
“The committee has been set up on the directions of the state Election Commission, which has asked the civic body to submit the draft ward formation plan,” said PCMC Additional Muncipal Commissioner Vikas Dhakane, who will head the committee.
In his directive, the civic chief said, “The officers who are part of the committee have been told to start their work for preparing the draft ward formation plan. They should maintain confidentiality of the ward demarcations. The committee should strictly follow the norms laid down by the State Election Commission. The committee should submit the plan as soon as it is ready.”
Dhakane said the committee will consider several factors while demarcating a ward. “During the 2017 civic elections, there were 32 prabhags or panels. In the February 2022 elections, there will be 128 corporators and same number of wards. It will be an ‘one ward, one corporator’ election. Population will be one of the key factors… there are also other factors like rivers, roads, new buildings, new houses or old demolished buildings which would be taken into consideration,” he said.
“Each ward is likely to have 12,000 to 14,000 voters. The population census of 2011 will be taken into consideration. As per the census, Pimpri-Chinchwad had a population of 17 lakh,” he added.
Departmental inquiry against assistant municipal commissioner
Meanwhile, in another development, the PCMC commissioner has instituted a departmental inquiry against Assistant Municipal Commissioner Srinavas Dangat for failing to submit an affidavit regarding his family.
“As per government directives, those in Class A to D have to submit affidavits regarding their families. The affidavit should mention that the candidate is aware that he would be disqualified if he has more than two children. The PCMC had received a complaint that Dangat has more than two children,” officials said.
Dhakane said Dangat was asked to submit an affidavit thrice but he failed to do so. “And therefore a departmental probe has been initiated against him,” said Dhakane.
“Dangat had argued that due to the lockdown, stamp paper was not available and therefore he could not submit the affidavit. He was then given the final notice for submission of the affidavit on June 10 and warned of disciplinary action. He still failed to submit the affidavit…This is a serious matter and therefore a departmental probe is being ordered against him,” the PCMC chief said in his directive.
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