Pune: Finally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) succeeded in passing a proposal to allot Rs 10 crore to fringe villages to lay down drainage pipelines for stopping Katraj lake pollution and save flora and fauna around the lake.
Last month, the BJP faced disagreement due to lack of members present at the General Body (GB) meeting. Party leaders served a show-cause notice to absent members.
On Friday, during the GB meeting, a proposal was passed without voting. The PMC decided to stop contamination and save the flora and fauna around the lake. The civic body will make a proper drainage system in the three nearby villages to stop the sewage being released in the upper Lake of Katraj which was built during Peshwa rule. The PMC had estimated the cost of Rs 10 crore for the same. It will develop a proper drainage system in three villages namely Mangdewadi, Bhilarwadi and Gurjarwadi. The PMC will set up 8 km drainage pipelines which will be connected to the main drainage system.
Last month during the GB meeting, the BJP wanted to pass a proposal for allotting funds to lay down drainage pipelines. As Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) member Vasant More objected to the proposal, the municipal secretary called a vote.
The BJP and Shiv Sena voted in favour of the proposal, but the count was 74 and the proposal was rejected. Interestingly, the BJP alone has 98 seats in the 162-member house.
City BJP President Yogesh Gogawale had made it mandatory for corporators to attend GB meetings. However, BJP members seem to have forgotten the diktat. Earlier, the BJP had to issue a whip to its members for voting in favour of the proposal for an integrated bicycle plan and bylaws of solid waste management.