July 22, 2009 4:42:03 am
The scathing attack on the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Regional Transport Office (RTO) by citys top cops on Monday had its repercussions at the PMC headquarters on Tuesday as the civic officials convened a special meeting to discuss traffic issues. During the meet,civic commissioner Mahesh Zagade plainly refuted the charges made by the cops that the civic body buckles under political pressure.
There is no political pressure of any sort on civic officials while carrying out their tasks, he clarified. Zagade also promised to initiate action against the private bus operators within a weeks time,who park their buses at the points other than the five designated pick-up points in the city.
When reporters asked Zagade his take on the comments passed by Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh,he said that both PMC and police had always co-operated with each other in times of need.
Zagade said,Police officials have to deal with a lot of stress daily. Police officials always help us during our special drives like the anti-encroachment drives. However,I do not interfere with police commissioners work and nor does he in mine. What the police commissioner spoke were his own views and I take them in the right spirit and in a positive manner,because his intention behind the comments is to better the traffic scenario in the city, Mayor Rajlaxmi Bhosale said,PMC and police always support each other. It is the PMC who appointed traffic wardens to share their work of streamlining traffic. From the mayoral funds,I also made available CCTVs to the police department for security checks during the Ganesh festival,
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Vikas Mathkari,BJP leader,who also attended the meeting,insisted that PMC takes strong action against the private bus operators and travel companies that keep their large buses parked on the busiest of roads near Modern School in Shivajinagar. Civic commissioner first tried to evade the issue,but later promised that he would take action against these private operators for parking their vehicles at the places other than the designated pick-up points.
Presentation on one-ways today
Deputy commissioner of police (Traffic) Manoj Patil is going to make a presentation on Wednesday at 12 pm regarding the proposal for converting the J M Road as well as F C Road into one-ways,the road dividers from which have been removed about two months back. The corporators,whose wards are adjacent to these roads have been invited for the presentation. Civic chief Mahesh Zagade said,PMCs traffic department and traffic police have chalked out a plan,which will be rolled out soon.
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