‘SPV killing local bodies’ autonomy’

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 15 February 2018

Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSDCL) is a company formed under Smart City Mission. There also the number of civil servants is higher than corporators. 

PUNE: Opposition leaders in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have objected to the formation of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) companies for projects. They blamed the BJP for  allegedly killing autonomy of local bodies.  They claimed corporators will now not have  much of a role in the PMC as bureaucracy is becoming the new ‘superpower’.

Recently, the Standing Committee announced formation of a SPV for Mula-Mutha riverfront development. The proposal was tabled by Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar and sanctioned by the committee. The proposal will be placed  before the General Body for final approval. 

The leaders gave the example of the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited Corporation (PMPML). It is an autonomous body. The conflict between Chairman and Managing Director Tukaram Mundhe and corporators showed how bureaucrats have become superior, claim the leaders, though Mundhe was transferred. The leaders said they have right to express their opinion but no power to take decisions as bureaucrats have a majority on the board of the company. 

Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSDCL) is a company formed under Smart City Mission. There also the number of civil servants is higher than corporators. 

Now, the PMC wants to form an SPV for riverfront development. Chetan Tupe, Opposition party leader of NCP said, “After formation of companies, corporations do not have much scope to work for maintenance of basic services like water, drainage and garbage collection. Company raj is encroaching upon rights of corporators. We are against SPVs.” 

Arvind Shinde, Congress leader in PMC, said, “During Congress regime, lots of development projects were completed, but, there was no formation of companies. Now, BJP is forming companies for every development work and sidelining corporators and destroying autonomous status of corporation. It is harmful for local self-government structure. The company decision does not come before the General Body meeting for approval.”

Sanjay Bhosale, party leader of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) said,   “We have opposed SPV for riverfront project. Company is curbing rights of corporators. If every thing the company does, what is the use of corporators?” 

Murali Mohal, Chairman of Standing Committee said, “For ease of working, we are making companies. Companies can take independent decisions. For fast decision, speedy work and better execution, companies are necessary.”

The leaders said they have right to express their opinion but no power to take decisions as bureaucrats have a majority on the board.

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