Pune: During the inauguration of the smart city pilot project in Aundh, Shivajinagar MLA Vijay Kale of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised serious doubts on the way the project is being implemented. He stated that instead of imposing the smart city project on the citizens, they should be taken into confidence. Kale said that the same is not being done and needs to be addressed properly.
Kale was speaking at the inauguration function of the smart city pilot project at Bremen Chowk, Aundh, on Wednesday. District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, who was also present at the function, shared Kale’s views and said that the progress of the project is not going on at the expected pace and needs acceleration.
Bapat stated that the smart city project is a dream project of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre.
Kale said, “The concern of the citizens should be taken into consideration at the time of implementation of smart city project.” Kale said that if this does not happen, then citizens will not accept that the city is becoming smart even if crores of rupees are spent on the project.
Kale shared that the citizens are demanding roads demarcated in development plans and have complained about the water quality of the river in this area.
He added that without addressing these issues, one cannot make this area smart in a true manner. Kale also said that if we go ahead with the project without addressing these basic issues, then it is like imposing the project on the people.
Guardian Minister Bapat said, “Citizens are expecting that politicians should speak lesser and work more these days. I agree that the smart city project is lagging behind as compared to other projects such as Metro, Ring Road and DP. In smart city project, the civic body is going to provide 50-55 services at the doorsteps of the citizens. For making this project more effective, public concern needs to be taken into consideration.”
Mayor Mukta Tilak, Leader of House in PMC Shrinath Bhimale, Additional Commissioner Rajendra Jagtap, officials and office bearers of the PMC were present at the function.