Pimpri: Residents of fringe areas around Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad that include rapidly urbanised settlements like Wagholi and Hinjawadi will have to wait more to get basic civic services. The Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) has plans for providing essential services to these settlements, but it is in the initial planning stage.
Residents of these areas are angry as they are struggling daily with the pathetic condition of roads. Services like solid waste management, water supply and drainage are absent. The residents have launched an online petition attracting attention of the chief minister towards the plight of people.
When asked about the residents’ demand to stop giving permission to new buildings in these areas as the settlements are already struggling to get basic civic amenities, Chief Executive Officer of PMRDA Kiran Gitte told Sakal Times, “There is no provision in the act to deny permission on the grounds that the developer does not have water supply facilities. At the time of giving permission, we ask the developer to submit commitment of providing water to the occupants.”
He added, “Urbanisation has taken place in these fringe areas. These developments have taken place as per the regional plan. Therefore there was no Development Plan of the area prepared before undertaking these developments. But after the formation of PMRDA, the Development Plan is being prepared for entire region.”
Gitte said, “For the development that has already taken place in the adjoining area we are planning to work with the Gram Panchyat for implementing solid waste management plan. We are going to form a cluster of 5-6 villages for implementing solid waste management plan. The PMRDA is going to provide technical expertise to these Gram Panchayats to prepare the plan.”
Gitte said PMRDA is working with the local Gram Panchayat to provide civic services to these newly urbanised areas. But the efforts are in the initial stage. So the citizens in these areas will have to face hardship for a couple of years. The PMRDA is taking long-term planning measures.
Gitte said, “Town planning scheme has been planned alongside the ring road. PMRDA will prepare the layout in these areas. All civic services including water supply, drainage and road network will be provided by PMRDA in these schemes. The first such TP scheme has been planned on 719 acres land in Mhalunge. In this model PMRDA will get certain share of the developed land. By selling this share, PCMC will raise funds for other infrastructure work.”