Frequencies of civic chief, Smart City head don’t match

Ashish Jadhav
Friday, 30 June 2017

Rajendra Jagtap was instrumental in blocking Kumar’s optical fibre cable plan

Pune: Former additional municipal commissioner of PMC Rajendra Jagtap has managed to get the plum post of Chief Executive Officer of the ambitious Smart City Project. But his staying back in Pune and heading the Smart City Project is seen as keeping a check on Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar.

Rajendra Jagtap was instrumental in blocking Kumar’s optical fibre cable plan

Pune: Former additional municipal commissioner of PMC Rajendra Jagtap has managed to get the plum post of Chief Executive Officer of the ambitious Smart City Project. But his staying back in Pune and heading the Smart City Project is seen as keeping a check on Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar.

It is said that both the senior officers in Pune share an uneasy relationship since Jagtap, as an additional municipal commissioner, had blocked the passage of the underground optical fibre cable plan in the estimate committee, which was Kumar’s pet project.

Jagtap, who is the son-in-law of heavyweight politician and veteran Congress leader Patangrao Kadam, has been on deputation
in Pune for the past four years.

Even when the municipal commissioner was out of town or on leave, Jagtap used to run the PMC or sometimes call the shots in his typical style.

Kumar was very eager to win the Smart City Project for Pune since the beginning and after it was selected in the first Smart City list, was targeted by corporators from across party lines for giving too much attention to the Smart City Project. However, now Jagtap will alone handle charge of the project.

Recently, when the Municipal Commissioner was on leave, the proposal of the underground optical fibre cable came before the estimate committee headed by Jagtap and he objected to many provisions in the
proposal.

Things worsened when another additional commissioner Prerana Deshbhratar also expressed similar views. An agitated Kumar started pushing the proposal without the approval of the estimate committee.
The civic chief, who was heading the Smart City Project, was replaced by another officer. However, before the new officer could take charge, he was transferred and the charge was given to additional municipal commissioner Prerana Deshbhratar. Now Jagtap has replaced her.
It will be interesting to see how Rajendra Jagtap runs the Smart City Project and responds to Smart City proposals prepared by Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar.

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