The proposal to make a statue, on the basis of a picture in Budhbhusan, a book written by Sambhaji himself, was presented by Member of Legislative Council Anil Bhosale years ago. The plan was approved by the district administration in August 2014 and the City Improvement Committee of PMC approved the proposal in June 2015.
The PMC’s move comes three years after the development plan for the area was finalised. Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao has sought permission from the PMC’s city improvement committee to change the land categorisation.
As per the special provision, permission of the commissioner or chief executive officer of the authority would not be neccessary to construct structures for operational purpose of the Metro rail service.
PSCDCL has promised to ensure a revenue of Rs 70 crore for the PMC and Rs 20 crore for the PMPML from the advertising permissions, while the PMC has said it could generate more than Rs 100 crore from it.
While the civic body claims that it has 2,200 km of roads and one lakh street lights in its areas, RAMS, an initiative by the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (PSCDCL), puts the total length of roads at 1,400 km
In a government resolution, the state General Administration Department said it has assessed that folk art and street plays are more effective to disseminate information about government schemes than traditional print and electronic media.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration has spent the Rs 18.4 crore allotted in the civic budget, to bear 50 per cent of the medical expenditure of the urban poor, within the first seven months of the financial year.
In 2016, the Pune Municipal Corporation was ranked 11th among the 100 cleanest cities in India under the Swachh Survey. The civic body slipped to the 13th place in 2017 and again jumped to the 10th position in 2018.
The campaign will also point out the “failures” of the BJP-led governments in the Centre and state. A booklet prepared by the Congress will also compare the “achievements of the Congress when it was in power and failures of the BJP government”.
The transport body, which often faces criticism over its ageing vehicles and breakdown of buses, has decided to add a total of 400 buses to its fleet, to improve services for lakhs of commuters in Pune.