Pune: Amidst unprecedented chaos during the General Body (GB) of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), two vital proposals were cleared, which included the Pune Bicycle Sharing Plan (PBS) and By-laws for the Solid Waste Management Plan. PBS for the city is the pet project of Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar. Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis personally showed interest in the bicycle project and he wanted that it should be passed as early as possible.
Both the proposals were discussed during the General Body meeting held last week. However, as the members of BJP had sought more time to study the proposal, the administration gave a presentation to the members of BJP. Instead of having in-depth discussion, the opposition parties took a disruptive stand. Congress leader in the House Arvind Shinde raised the issue of violation of terms and condition of consultant in 24x7 water supply scheme and demanded an explanation from civic chief Kunal Kumar. Kumar said that notice has been issued to the said consultant and appropriate action will be taken against him after seeking an explanation.
The opposition party took objection to the fact that the presentation was given only to ruling party members.
Mayor Mukta Tilak said the detailed information about the project was made available to all corporators three weeks ago.
But leader of opposition Chetan Tupe moved an adjournment motion. Meanwhile, the Mayor announced voting on the proposal and 66 votes went in favour of the proposal. The corporators of the opposition, who were in the well, did not hear the announcement and hence they could not raise their hands. So it was announced that the proposal has been passed by majority. Amidst the chaos, the second proposal was read by the municipal secretary and called for voting on the proposal. The proposal was passed in a similar way. When the process was going on, the leader of Shiv Sena lifted the mace in front of the Mayor and tried to flee from the House. An alert BJP corporator got hold of the mace and put it back in its place.
The civic body is going to spend Rs 300 crore for the bicycle plan, which includes cycle sharing along with providing cycle-friendly infrastructure in the city. In August, PMC had prepared the draft cycle plan and invited suggestions and objections. The 100-page bicycle plan proposal was prepared by Innovative Transport Solution Pvt Ltd (ITrans) - a Delhi-based transportation planning firm. The draft plan includes the infrastructure for 470-km of existing cycle network, regulation and enforcement, promotion and public awareness and monitoring.
In 2008, the PMC, as part of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Rural Mission, tried to build 123-km cycle tracks by spending Rs 100 crore. The Central government gave funds to the PMC for preparing the cycle plan. Accordingly, the PMC has prepared the plan. The plan was presented to all ward committees and suggestions of stakeholders have been incorporated in it.