Pune: The opposition created a ruckus during the PMC General Body (GB) meeting alleging that the quality of the construction of the new Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) building has been compromised because the ruling BJP was in a hurry to complete the work and score PR points.
The quality of the new building has been facing criticism since the roof of the building started leaking during the inauguration ceremony in the presence of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. The opposition, led by the NCP under Leader of Opposition Chetan Tupe, came to the GB wearing raincoats and carrying umbrellas, protesting against the infamous roof leakage.
The PMC has ordered an enquiry into the matter and the contractor is being questioned over the incident, but that has not quelled the allegations by the opposition, which raised slogans during the meeting.
On the other hand, while there was enough uproar over the leakage, a small piece of plaster from the balcony of the new building fell off and allegedly injured a woman passing by. The incident took place during small repair work being undertaken at around 4 pm on Wednesday. The PMC has, however, denied the incident.
“It was not an incident as is being presented. A small maintenance work was being undertaken on Wednesday evening and the workers, instead of using a drill to widen the water drain pipe of the balcony, used a hammer and a small piece of plaster came down,” said Executive Engineer Shivaji Langhe.
“The piece did not injure anyone. Yes there was a small risk and the contractor, KS Constructions, has been reprimanded and instructed to take proper care henceforth,” Langhe said, adding, “The works at the new building are complete and there is no pending procedure. All areas of the building are open for use and apart for some furniture work, no other procedure is to be carried out.”