Pimpri: Pimpri-Chinchwad Mayor Nitin Kalje will be attending a Smart City Mobility Conclave in Spain’s capital Barcelona.
However, the opposition parties allege that this is nothing but wastage of tax payers’ money.
“The BJP office-bearers, after coming to power in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) had announced they won’t use government vehicles and will provide transparent functioning in the civic body. Considering this, going on a foreign tour on tax payers’ money is nothing but complete betrayal of the people,” said an opposition leader, Yogesh Behl.
Kalje is going on a three-day study tour in Spain from November 14 to 16. The Standing Committee of PCMC has approved an expenditure of Rs 5.22 lakh for this tour. This is Kalje’s first major tour.
Behl said, “During our tenure, we had also gone to foreign tours. But we spent money from our own pockets. So we expect the same from the current mayor and other office-bearers. They came to power with tall claims of transparency. Moreover, some of the office-bearers announced they are not going to use PCMC vehicles. But yet, a brand new car was purchased for the mayor. This development shows all the claims by the BJP are nothing but mere hypocrisy.”
Former corporator Maruti Bhapkar said, “This is nothing but wastage of money. We were questioning frequent tours as nothing fruitful comes out of them. Earlier political leaders of Pimpri-Chinchwad used to go on tours on their own expenditure.”