PIMPRI: After announcing that the Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Development Authority (PCNTDA) will be merged into Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA), the local leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have now gone on the back foot following criticism from the Opposition.
The Opposition leaders alleged that close to Rs 700 crore, which is the balance funds in PCNTDA account, will be utilised for a project outside its limits. Considering this and the public sentiments, the BJP leaders have become cautious about going forward with this decision. Sanjog Waghere, City President of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), pointed out that close to Rs 700 crore, which is the balance funds in PCNTDA accounts, will be utilised on another project outside the city if the merger takes place and it will be an injustice to the city. He further added that there is also the question of unauthorised housing in the PCNTDA area and the unresolved issue of refund of 12 per cent land to farmers. Waghere added that it would have been logical to merge this into PCMC as civic body provides civic amenities including water supply to the area surrounded by the civic body.
BJP city unit chief and MLA Laxman Jagtap said, “We are of the opinion that the citizens of Pimpri Chinchwad should have a role in deciding whether PCNTDA should be merged in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. The final decision on the merger will be taken considering the interest of the city.”
The State government has announced that PCNTDA will be merged into PMRDA. The administration’s procedure for the same has also been initiated by the government, informed Guardian Minister Girish Bapat on May 14. He had claimed that the government took this decision, as there is no need for the two autonomous bodies in the same city. He said that due to the merger, the metropolitan area, which is from Lonavla to Daund, will be well planned and developed through PMRDA.
NCP, Congress, Shiv Sena and MNS have opposed this decision, saying that the decision is motivated eyeing the asset, plots and money under the possession of PCNTDA. The Opposition leaders claimed that this decision is the biggest Injustice to the city.