PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has diverted 11 merged villages’ development funds for street lights and other works in the city and the corporators have objected to the move. Recently, during the Standing Committee meeting, the committee approved the proposal to divert development funds of 11 merged villages for other developmental works of Pune city.
Corporator Prakash Dhore from Bopodi has objected to the decision and requested to the committee to revise the decision of diverting merged villages’ funds for other works.
Dhore said, “On one hand, the civic body allotted funds for infrastructure development of merged villages in the budget and on the other hand, they are diverting the funds for other works. This is not acceptable. Merged villagers are demanding development in their areas. From the last two years, the villagers are awaiting development but nothing substantial has happened yet.”
One of the senior officials said, “The civic body allocated around Rs 100 crore for the development of the merged villages. The PMC has already started the road and drainage system works. The authorities will not spend the entire amount on development this year. Hence, we diverted money to necessary developmental works within city areas. Development is an ongoing process. We will use in the next few years.”
In 2017, the State government took the decision to merge 11 villages in the PMC limits. After that, the civic body carried all necessary legal process and merged the villages. The PMC carried out a survey of merged villages and estimated that more than Rs 2,000 crore will be needed for developing the infrastructure. After merging of villages, PMC’s area expended from 250.56 square kilometres to 331.26 square kilometres. There is an addition of 2.78 lakh of population in the existing population of Pune city limits.
According to PMC statistics, there is more than 50 per cent of unplanned constructions in these villages i.e. Lohegaon (50 per cent construction on the total land of village), Shivane-Uttamnagar (88 per cent), Shivane (70 per cent), Mundhwa (65 per cent), Hadapsar-Sade Satara Nali (50 per cent), Ambegaon Khurd (71 per cent), Undri (30 per cent), Dhayari (71 per cent), Ambegaon Budruk (70 per cent), Uruli Devachi (65 pc) and Phursungi (74 pc).