Opposition wants PMC to stall bicycle plan, solid waste management by-laws

Sakal Times
Saturday, 16 December 2017

Pune: Opposition parties in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have demanded that the civic body must not implement the comprehensive bicycle plan for the city and by-laws for solid waste management.

According to opposition party leaders, these proposals are going to have long-term effect on the city. Both proposals were part of the agenda of the General Body meeting this week and since opposition parties were not in a mood to listen and wanted to force an adjournment, the determined ruling party managed to pass both proposals.

Pune: Opposition parties in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have demanded that the civic body must not implement the comprehensive bicycle plan for the city and by-laws for solid waste management.

According to opposition party leaders, these proposals are going to have long-term effect on the city. Both proposals were part of the agenda of the General Body meeting this week and since opposition parties were not in a mood to listen and wanted to force an adjournment, the determined ruling party managed to pass both proposals.

Earlier, the BJP had sought more time for a study of the proposals. The opposition party also sought adjournment of the GB meeting, as the administration had given a presentation to ruling party members only.

BJP members said it was the responsibility of the opposition to ask for a presentation on the proposals. They were given detailed information about the proposals three weeks prior to the meeting. BJP asked for a presentation as BJP corporators wanted more information. If opposition asked for the same, the administration would have arranged for it, the leaders added.

Now, opposition leaders in the house are raising their voice against the manner in which the proposal was passed. They are demanding that it should not be implemented before proper discussion on the subject in the GB. Leader of Opposition Chetan Tupe, Congress leader in House Arvind Shinde and Shiv Sena leader in House Sanjay Bhosale have given a letter to Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar requesting that this proposal not be implemented.

Earlier, on Thursday, Kumar had expressed happiness over passage of the bicycle sharing plan. He had posted on social media, "A big revolution in cycling awaits Pune! Public cycles, city wide cycle track network and cycling promotion will be a reality in Pune in the coming days. It's a momentous day with the Comprehensive Bicycle Plan approved by the PMC General Body. We are closer to implementing PMC's vision for sustainable mobility in Pune and a healthy environment. Pune can be a city where cycling is safe, attractive, comfortable and a travel mode of choice for children, women, seniors, daily wage workers as well as professionals."

How the proposal was passed
- While the opposition was creating a chaos in the GB, BJP corporators gathered around the Mayor's chair, where the Mayor announced voting for the proposals.
- Since there was unprecedented chaos in the house, only BJP members could hear the announcement and the proposals were passed with a 66-00 vote.
- Leader of Opposition Chetan Tupe said, "No one opposed the proposal so there is no question of announcement of voting in the house. We were not opposing it. We wanted a detailed presentation on the proposal. But, the ruling party has pushed through the proposals illegally, so we are going to approach court against this proposal." 

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