Pune: The State government’s decision to merge 11 fringe villages into the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits has evoked mixed reactions from the elected representatives cutting across party lines.
The State government merged 11 out of 34 villages into the PMC limits a couple of days ago. However, the opposition members, unhappy with leaving out the remaining 23 villages, said the PMC should demand more funds for the development of the newly-merged villages.
The ruling BJP members in the PMC welcomed the decision of merging the fringe villages while the opposition members demanded inclusion of remaining villages into the PMC limits immediately to avoid haphazard development of these villages.
Senior NCP corporator Subhash Jagtap said the population of the city would increase by three lakh following the inclusion of fringe villages. However, there is no provision of funds for carrying out development work in these villages. “The State government should provide Rs 300 crore for the development of these villages and increase the funds it gives to the PMC under GST grants,” Jagtap told the General Body.
Shiv Sena group leader in the PMC Sanjay Bhosale said his party is always in favour of merging of the fringe villages. But the remaining villages should also be included in the PMC limits.
He said the Shiv Sena doubts the decision of the State government to leave out the remaining villages from merging in the PMC as many big housing projects are going on in these villages. So, it indicates that the government buckled under pressure from the builders, who want to complete their projects before the merger.
However, opposition leader Chetan Tupe raised doubts over the PMC’s capacity to develop these villages as its economic condition is precarious. “Funds should be made available by the State government to carry out development projects in these villages,” he said.