Pune: Republican Party of India (RPI) leader Ramdas Athawale has demanded that a development plan (DP) of Koregaon-Bhima area should to be prepared. Athawale demanded that a committee should be appointed under District Collector Naval Kishor Ram to provide basic infrastructure ahead of commemoration of Koregaon-Bhima battle day on January 1, 2019.
Each year, several people gather at the ‘victory pillar’ in Koregaon to commemorate the battle, which was fought on January 1, 1818.
Parshuram Wadekar, President of Western Maharashtra Division, said, “In the background of last year’s violence, district administration should take appropriate steps and provide basic facilities such as drinking water, toilet, ambulance and fire brigade to people who are going to visit the place on January 1, 2019. More than five lakh people come to pay their respects to Mahar soldiers for their sacrifice during Peshwa era.”
“Administration should make a 500 metre restriction zone from the pillar and no stalls or hawkers should be allowed in this area,” he said. Wadekar added that no political party should be allowed to install the stage in the restricted area and that his party is going to relocate the stage, which will be erected on behalf of his party.
Balasaheb Janrao, General Secretary of RPI, said, “We are also requesting the police department that they should include Lonikand police station in the city area. Right now, it is in rural division. If it is included in city area, police can use maximum police force for events to control any odd situation.”
“In 2004, State government gave tourism status to Koregaon-Bhima area and allocated Rs 1 crore for development work. However, government has not done anything. Now we are demanding to make development plan (DP) for Koregaon-Bhima and allocate Rs 100 crore for the same,” he added.