With senior leaders of the ruling NCP-Congress alliance in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) mulling biodiversity park (BDP) reservation in the draft development plan (DP) for old parts of the city,it has become clear that there is going to be a tussle between senior party leaders and their respective elected representatives in the civic body.
City NCP chief and Rajya Sabha MP Vandana Chavan has been in favour of BDP from the beginning and has tried her best to ensure that BDP reservation in 23 merged villages is retained by the state government in the approved DP.
She has also expressed the need for similar reservation in old parts of the city for which DP revision is under progress.
Congress MLC Mohan Joshi is also in favour of BDP reservation in old parts of city. He said Congress corporators voted in favour of the draft DP in general body with no BDP reservation. Party corporators might have voted in favour of the DP with no BDP,but that should not be considered as party stand.
Senior party leaders,including legislators,had called for party meeting with corporators to decide the partys stand on the issue but it has not taken place yet, he said.
Congress and NCP leaders along with civic activists alleged irregularities in preparation of the draft DP.
In a letter to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan seeking extension of the time limit for filing suggestions and objections from 30 days to 60 days,Vandana Chavan said the civic administration is not providing documents of existing land use (ELU) to citizens. PMC should also make available Marathi copies of draft DP and Development Control (DC) rules to ensure public participation in preparing the DP of the city, she added.
Congress corporators slammed senior party leaders saying,Corporators are vested with the power to prepare the DP. There is no need for party legislators to interfere in it. They should focus on state issues and leave the local issues to corporators.
NCP leader Subhash Jagtap said that the ruling alliance has already voted in favour of the draft DP and there was no need for raising this issue again. The delay in approval of DP for 23 merged villages was due to the issue of BDP. Raising the issue again will only delay the finalisation of the DP, he added.