Pune: 'Revoke decisions, relaxations given by predecessor' is the mantra for newly appointed Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar

Sakal Times News Desk
Monday, 13 July 2020

The first order Vikram Kumar signed was about the strict 10-day lockdown to be implemented in the city from Tuesday morning.

Pune: 'Revoke decisions, relaxations by predecessor' seems to be the mantra for newly appointed Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar. Within 24 hours of receiving the transfer orders, Kumar took charge on Sunday evening itself, replacing Shekhar Gaikwad. The first order Vikram Kumar signed was about the strict 10-day lockdown to be implemented in the city from Tuesday morning. Kumar was received by Additional Commissioner Rubal Agrawal, Deputy Commissioner Rajendra Muthe and Anil Muthe.

What surprised many was Vikram Kumar's categorical approach to revoke all relaxations given by Gaikwad from the lockdown to citizens. The ban on food delivery services during the entire 10-day lockdown period is one of such few decisions Kumar has taken immediately after taking charge. Former Commissioner Gaikwad was keen on giving more relaxations to Punekar's and had decided to start online food delivery services in the city even during the strictest first and second lockdown in March and April month.

After the review meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday (July 10) - in which Gaikwad had opposed the lockdown move - Gaikwad had prepared the tentative guidelines for the lockdown to be implemented from Tuesday (July 14) morning. Gaikwad had discussed various restrictions and relaxations to be placed in the city during the lockdown. Gaikwad had decided to keep the online food ordering services open for the convenience of senior citizens and students staying at hostels.

When Kumar took charge, the first thing he did was to revoke these relaxations proposed by Gaikwad and decided to impose the strictest lockdown in the city in which only milk and medical shops will be allowed to remain open apart from the hospitals for five days. Essential services like grocery and vegetable shops have also been not spared in the lockdown. This 'style' of the new commissioner has surprised many in the PMC especially the health officials.

Edited by:
Khevna Pandit

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