‘Dist admin should work in synchronised way’

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 22 March 2018

"It is important to look beyond the problems that we face today. Only a city, which prepares for the future, will be called a 'Smart City' and for that, the focus needs to be on the trinity of infrastructure, policy and technology," Kumar said.

PUNE: The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA), Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the District Collectorate, are administrative bodies, which are responsible for the administrative functioning and development of Pune city and the region. The administrative heads of all the three authorities interacted with the media at an interaction organised at the Pune Working Journalists Union (PWJU) Auditorium in the city on Thursday.

During the interaction, the three heads of these bodies asserted that they were working cooperatively with each other. This was with reference to Pune being considered one of the fastest growing cities in the country. The area surrounding the city is also developing. The same is reflected in the district too. Thus, there is a need for all the three regions be administered in a synchronised manner.

Sourabh Rao, District Collector, Kunal Kumar, PMC Commissioner, and Kiran Gitte, Commissioner of PMRDA, took part in the interaction organised by the PWJU. During the interaction, Rao said, "The district administration, the PMC and the PMRDA, don't work in airtight compartments. There is cooperation between all the three. Not only present issues of the city and the district but even future agendas are planned in tandem for all the three regions," adding, "The PMRDA, PMC and the district authorities have ascertained their priorities accordingly."

The PMC chief said that PMC is focused on delivering public transport, water supply, sewage and waste management and the National River Conservation Project. "It is important to look beyond the problems that we face today. Only a city, which prepares for the future, will be called a 'Smart City' and for that, the focus needs to be on the trinity of infrastructure, policy and technology," Kumar said.

Rao said that the district administration has issues of transport, Purandar Airport, ring road and water irrigation before it. He said, "The district is developing rapidly. If the rural infrastructure is developed on a priority, the pressure on the urban areas will be reduced. We are trying to create the facilities of the urban areas in the rural areas too."

Gitte said that the PMRDA was focused on the development plan, city planning, Shivajinagar-Hinjawadi Metro and Hyperloop projects. He informed, "Pune is the third largest metropolis in the country. Pune is ranked after Delhi and Bengaluru-Mysore corridor. We are creating the development plan keeping in mind the next thirty to forty years for the city."'

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