Bapurao Karne, the newly-elected chairman of the Name Committee of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), tells Ashish Jadhav about his plans to bring in a policy for naming public properties and taking citizens into confidence by considering their suggestions in this regard.
What are your priorities as the Name Committee chairman?
Many people’s representatives think that Name Committee is not very important, but in fact, if we decide to name or rename the city after the names of those who contributed a lot for the city then, it will be a great tribute to them. I am of the opinion that whenever any proposal regarding naming a public or PMC-owned property comes before the committee, the citizens using that property or the area should be taken into confidence and henceforth, I will follow this rule.
There is no policy regarding naming public properties and this lack of guidelines results in a mess when it comes to naming a property, as mostly, the names of close relatives of corporators are given to the properties. In future, how are you going to handle this issue?
In fact, we have decided to bring out a policy through which we can prepare guidelines for naming public properties. It is true that, at many times, the public representatives push the proposal of naming a public property or project after their close relatives while at the same time, the locals think it should be named after someone else. Hence, in this case, the policy will help us on how to go about it. I have written a letter to city Mayor Mukta Tilak and leader of house Shrinath Bhimale to frame a policy for naming public properties.
You said that citizens can file their suggestions and objections over naming a public property so that their voice can be heard. How can they approach you?
At present, the Name Committee does not have an office or vehicle to visit the spot and talk to citizens, but we have decided to go to the public to take their suggestions and only name the property after taking them into confidence.
Unless we have a strong policy, we will end up groping in the dark and the disputes regarding naming properties will continue, so the need of the hour is that we must have a good policy for naming public properties.