PUNE: The State government has finally decided to merge 11 villages, including Uruli Devachi and Phursungi out of 34 fringe villages into the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits. Some parts of the nine villages have already been merged in PMC limits in 1997 and the decision about merging remaining parts of these villages was taken now, while Uruli Devachi and Phursungi are the villages, where PMC’s garbage dumping ground is located.
The nine villages which have been merged in PMC limits are Lohegaon, Hadapsar (Sade Sataranali), Shivane, Mundhwa (remaining part of Keshav Nagar), Dhayari, Ambegaon Khurd, Ambegaon Budruk, Bavdhan, Shivane (Uttam Nagar) and Undri.
Following urbanisation on large scale in these fringe villages, the Congress-NCP government had issued a notification in 2012 to include these 34 villages into PMC limits and even completed the procedure of inviting suggestions and objections but later, the BJP-led government took over in the State but it kept the decision regarding inclusion of the villages on hold.
Later, fed up with the State government not taking a decision about the merger of 34 villages, Haveli Taluka Action Committee had approached the Mumbai High Court. However, the Mumbai High Court had already asked State government to take a decision regarding the merger of 34 fringe villages in PMC limits.
Later, even the Bombay High Court directed the State government on June 12 to take the decision regarding merging of 34 villages. Hence, abiding by the court’s decision, the urban development department informed the Mumbai High Court that the government has decided to merge two entire villages and nine part villages in PMC limits and the entire process of merging will be completed by December 2017.
However, considering the availability of water and water supply planning, the remaining 23 villages will be included in PMC limits step by step during next three years.