Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has asked martyr Saurabh Pharate’s parents to decide on one out of three places they have given as options for building his memorial.
During the meeting of the Mayor, Leader of House, different party leaders and local corporators of Hadapsar, on Saturday, the corporation has given them a deadline of March 20.
Pharate’s parents were also present at the meeting. While speaking to the media, Mayor Mukta Tilak said, “We have given Pharate’s parents three options - PMC’s Late Ramchandra Bankar school, Late Vittal Tupe Garden and Aba Tupe E-learning School. They have to give a decision by March 20. We want to resolve the issue as soon as possible, as it has been pending for more than a year.”
Shrinath Bhimale, Leader of the House in the corporation, said, “We have already made an allocation of Rs 50 lakh for the memorial. We are ready to start work as soon as possible. In the next General Body meeting, we will pass the proposal after Saurabh’s parents decision.”
The then city mayor, Prashant Jagtap of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), had announced to build Saurabh Memorial in Hadapsar area. Local corporators of Hadapsar ward had suggested four places for the memorial but nothing was done.
Finally, Saurbah’s mother Mangal and father Nandkumar sat on a two-day hunger strike pressing the administration to take a final call on the memorial issue. The issue has been pending for more than a year due to finalisation of place.
After written assurance of Shrinath Bhimale, the parents called off their hunger strike on March 6, 2018.