NCP leaders Kemse, Mankar lock horns over 'Shivsrushti' 

ST Correspondent
Friday, 6 October 2017

Kemse has objected to the current plan, which includes setting up of replicas of forts.

Pune: The much-delayed Shivsrushti project planned on the Kothrud garbage depot land is still on paper. Even as uncertainty looms large over the entire project, two senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders have locked horns over the plan. 

Addressing a press meet, former NCP corporator and leader of house Bandu Kemse proposed that Shivsrushti (the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial) should not be a replica of forts. Instead, a hospital should be built on the land along with a playground and a library. He said he would approach the court to seek changes in the current plan. 

Kemse has objected to the current plan, which includes setting up of replicas of forts. The proposal has been pending with the State government since 2009. The Congress-NCP government was in power till October 2014 while the NCP was ruling the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) till February 2017. They failed to act on the plan. 

However, Kemse's demand to make changes in the plan has upset senior NCP corporator Deepak Mankar, who has played a pivotal role in the planning of the project. 

Mankar asked, "Why Kemse wants changes in the Shivsrushti plan now?"

"Kemse didn't say anything all these years. Now, he is trying to throw a spanner into the works," he added. 

He said it is already decided that Shivsrushti will have a library and a playground. He asked if Kemse wanted a hospital, then why did he not put in efforts when he was a corporator. 

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