Civic chief Rao under fire over medical college

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 9 March 2019

Corporators ask why PMC not raising `500 cr for college

Pune: After facing flak from the opposition for the delay in starting Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical College, ruling corporators instead criticised Pune Municipal Commissioner (PMC) Saurabh Rao and blamed him for lethargic approach during the General Body (GB) meeting held on Thursday. Last year, BJP Standing Committee Chairman Murli Mohol had announced an allocation of Rs 10 crore. However, administration diverted amount to other development works.
 
During the GB meeting, the issue was raised by Congress leader Arvind Shinde when administration tabled the proposal to give permission to divert Rs 5 crore of funds allotted for Medical College to corporation employees health insurance scheme. Shinde demanded the status of Medical College project. PMC’s Chief Medical Officer, Ramchandra Hankare said that administration is working on that. Shinde was unsatisfied with the answer given. 

Mohol said, "Administration has cheated us. Since the last two years, Medical College Detail Project Report (DPR) file is lying idle. We are ready to provide funds to PMC commissioner Saurabh Rao but he is not keen on implementing the project. They are giving reasons, like lack of funds.If the commissioner has decided to raise the amount of more than Rs 6,000 crore for High Capacity Mass Transits Route (HCMTR), why they are facing problem to raise Rs 500 crore for Medical College?" he demanded. 

After facing a lot of criticism, Mayor Mukta Tilak, said that Detailed Project Report will be made after consultations.  Mohol also said that in 2017 budget of Rs 5,912 crore was presented. In this budget, Mohol had initiated the idea of starting medical college.

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