PMC takes credit for sanctuary’s wall paintings

Neha Basudkar
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

The tussle between Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the group of activists, campaigning to save Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in Yerawada, is turning uglier by the day.

Pune: The tussle between Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the group of activists, campaigning to save Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in Yerawada, is turning uglier by the day. 

The latest incident to fuel this ridge is PMC’s Facebook post taking credit for the wall paintings near the sanctuary, which in reality was done by the Save Salim Ali Sanctuary Group.
 
The civic body has claimed on their official Facebook page that the sanctuary wall paintings were done by them, as part of the Swaccha Survekshan Mission.
 
Meanwhile, activists are raising questions as to why the PMC is taking credit for the painting activity in spite of planning to cut the trees in the sanctuary without any proper survey of the plot.

As reported by Sakal Times earlier, on January 12 and 13, around 180 people from the group, along with citizens of the city, had come together to paint the wall of the sanctuary, under the guidance of professional artist Abha Bhagwat. 

The theme of the wall paintings was biodiversity.

Bhagwat said, “This was not part of Swachh Survekshan and PMC was not involved in any way. The event was organised to raise awareness about protecting and conserving the Sanctuary, which is currently under threat of tree cutting for the Shivane-Kharadi road construction.”

‘Plagiarism’
“This is plagiarism as the PMC has posted about the event on their official Facebook page without giving any credit to the people, who have participated in it and the artist who had conceptualised the whole art. Instead, they should have taken efforts to save the Sanctuary,” said Dharmaraj Patil, an ornithologist and the group member.

Patil also said, “I have called Dnyaneshwar Molak, the Head of Department for the Solid Waste Management at PMC to discuss the issue, but he has not reverted back and has neither replied to it on Facebook.”

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