Outgoing Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Rajeev Jadhav said on Saturday that he took everyone into confidence and that was the reason why he was able to implement several development projects in the city.
“If you take every stakeholder into confidence, there is no reason why you cannot implement development projects without hurldes. I sought everybody’s support, heard them and took them along,” Jadhav said, as he readies to hand over charge to Dinesh Waghmare. Jadhav has been transferred to the Tribal Development.
At a press conference on Saturday, the outgoing PCMC chief said that one of his biggest achievements was getting the long-pending BRTS on track. “Two routes summing up to 45 km have been started. Soon, two more routes would be started, which would take the total to 100 km. We have succeeded in ironing out several glitches and setting the BRTS on track,” he said.
Jadhav said that no sooner he took charge, he started the cleanliness drive. “Till today, I have been regularly monitoring the progress of the cleanliness drive, especially since it was part of the Swachh Bharat mission. I am glad that we were able to create a lot of awareness among people and could keep the city clean,” he said.
Several development projects, Jadhav said, could be implemented because he took corporators of both the ruling party and the opposition into confidence. “Not to forget civic activists and citizens in large. I was always ready to interact with them and answer their posers,” he added.
Jadhav said that in both the years of his tenure, the administration could implement 80 per cent of the budget. “This shows that a lot of development activity took place in the city in the past two years. And it also speaks a lot about the speed and efficiency of my administration,” he said.
“Flyovers were either completed or their construction speeded up. The Empire Estate flyover is nearing completition. It had faced several hurdles, but we ironed them out successfully,” Jadhav said, adding that due to several flyovers and bridges, road connectively has drastically improved, thereby reducing traffic congestions in the city.
As for revenue generation, Jadhav said, that in both years of his tenure, revenue through LBT, property tax and water tax jumped significantly. “In both the years, we had Rs 600 crore more revenue compared to previous years,” he said.
Jadhav, however, lamented that Pimpri-Chinchwad could not make it to the smart city plan of the Centre. He would hand over charge to Waghmare on Monday.
However, citizens and politicians have their own take on Jadhav’s tenure. “He was no comparison to his predecessor Shrikar Pardeshi. During Pardeshi’s time, the administration was at the beck and call of citizens. During Jadhav’s tenure, officials did not care. For instance, look at the way the Sarathi helpline is functioning. During Jadhav’s tenure, nobody even heard whether Sarathi was functioning at all. When Pardeshi was the commissioner, help in civic matters was just a call away,” said DG Baliga, a civic activist.
BJP leader Sarang Kamtekar, however, said, “Jadhav succeeded in striking a good balance between politicians and the administration. Besides, he was ready to listen to complaints and redress grievances. He never tried to stall complaints. Therefore, we would say that he was a balanced commissioner,” he said.
Maruti Bhapkar of the Swaraj Abhiyan too voiced the same view, pointing out that Jadhav was the only PCMC commissioner who had the nicety to land up at the site where citizens were protesting and hear out their grievances.