The general body meeting of the Pune Municipal Corporation on Wednesday saw corporators cutting across party lines condemning the inauguration of the Pune-Ahmednagar stretch of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS).
In an accident on Wednesday, a 14-year-old girl was critically injured by a police van which had entered the BRT lane in front of the Nagar Road Ward office.
As soon as the meeting commenced, corporators from BJP, Shiv Sena and Congress stormed into the well of the House, many of them carrying banners blaming the civic administration for the accidents in the route. Raising slogans, some of them alleged that the route was hastily inaugurated without proper studies. During the course of discussion, corporators demanded that the BRT route be scrapped and a proper safety audit of the route be undertaken.
Since its inauguration, the BRTS stretch on the Pune-Ahmednagar route has seen a number of accidents.
On Wednesday, Qaneez Sukhrani, secretary of the Nagrik Chetana Manch, sent out a press release asking for immediate suspension of the project.
This was one of the first projects that was inaugurated after Prashant Jagtap was elected as the Mayor of the city. During the GB meeting, Jagtap said PMPML MD Abhishek Krishna would make a statement before the House on Thursday.