Mumbai: The fate of 34 villages slated for merger in PMC limits is likely to be decided only after a survey of the infrastructure and income of the villages by the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA).
Guardian Minister Girish Bapat held a review meeting on the merger of these villages in PMC in Mantralaya.
“These villages will be merged in PMC limits in phases, but the decision will be taken only after reviewing various aspects of these villages,” said
“The PMRDA will survey these villages. We have to review the income of these gram panchayats and also have to consider the existing infrastructure of these villages. We have to consider the water supply system, roads and drain system of these villages and the expenses on it. Then the merger will be finalised,” he said.
After merging these villages the establishment cost of the PMC would increase as they have to provide civic amnesties and services to the villages, the staff for the implementation of it should there. The PMRDA will assess all the things and according to their assessment, the work will begin.
The population of these 34 villages is 5.5 lakh as per the census, but more than 8.5 lakh residents are living in these villages. That will put an extra burden on the infrastructure of the Pune city. The population of Pune city is 21 lakh as per the census, but in actual, about 39 lakh people are residing in the city limits.
“We have to think over all the facts and then will decide how we can provide the services to the newly merged villages and the decision will be taken,” Bapat said. The residents of these villages urged the State government to take a call on their merger with the Pune municipality limits. A delegation of villagers had submitted a memorandum to the State government, stating that the merger notification was issued in May 2014 but the State government had not taken any step since then.
A citizens’ group of Haveli taluka Nagari Kruti Samiti had filed the petition against the notification.
After the merger of these villages in Pune city limits, PMC would become the largest municipal corporation in the state. Its geographical area would increase from the existing 243.84 sq km to over 500 sq km - more than the size of the largest civic body of the state, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, covering an area of 480.24 sq km.