HT Image
HT Image

Ahead of civic polls, corporators prioritise lane concretisation work

Despite the PMC municipal commissioner’s instructions to stop using funds on non-proprietary works, a lot of money is being spent on cement concretization in narrow lanes on the background of the upcoming civic polls
By Siddharth Gadkari, Pune
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 11:01 PM IST

Despite the PMC municipal commissioner’s instructions to stop using funds on non-proprietary works, a lot of money is being spent on cement concretization in narrow lanes on the background of the upcoming civic polls.

On the background of the Covid-19 pandemic, PMC chief Vikram Kumar has instructed all departments to prioritise essential works like water, drainage, health and road repair. Despite that, ward offices have floated tenders of concretisation in by lanes to spend the budget as well as to show development work in light of the upcoming civic polls.

As per road department statistics, there are around 100 crore worth tenders floated to concrete the lanes in different ward offices. The ward office has the power to float tender up to 25 lakh at the ward level. There is no need to take permission from the main road department.

Dr Kunal Khemnar, additional municipal commissioner said, “We will check tenders and allow permission to cement concertise work for the essential ones. Earlier, the PMC commissioner was given instruction to spend only 40 per cent of budget allocation on priority work. Now, they have increased the cap up to 60 per cent. But that doesn’t mean it is wise to spend the maximum ward level budget on lane concretization.”

Every year, the PMC allots around 500 crore for roadwork. It includes road repairing and the construction of new roads. The share of the budget for road repair and maintenance is around 60 crore. The other funds are used for making bituminous and cement concretization (CC) of roads.

PMC makes its budgetary provision based on visual inspection before drafting the annual budget. However, corporators propose cement concrete road work in the wards to utilize the ward development funds. The amount goes to around 100 crore. On the eve of civic polls, the amount increases and reaches 150 crore at ward level.

On the other hand, the civic body’s main road department spends 200 crore every year on cement concrete road construction. It is regular work and has nothing to do with the election period.

Vivek Velankar, civic activist said, “Local corporators are wasting money on concretization of lanes. Actually, the lanes are in good condition. On the other side, due to the lack of stormwater drain, there are chances of a flood-like situation in lanes. However, the corporators are in a hurry to spend the allocated budget money.”

“It is one of the ways of corruption to spend money on non-priority works as most contractors have a direct connection with the corporators. Another thing, the PMC commissioner has not mentioned a list of priority works in detail. Therefore, ward offices are taking benefit of doubts and float tenders,” he added.

In the city, there is a 2,064 km long road network. Of that, around 1,800 are totally developed. The width of roads varies from 7.5 meters to 60 meters. A maximum of 18-meter-wide roads has been developed in the city. The bituminous roads have a maximum share as compared to cement concrete roads. There is 400 km of cement concretised roads. The share of main roads is 200 km, and the remaining are secondary roads. There are 50 major roads in the city with a maximum of 60 meters in width.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Navale Bridge Chowk audit report submitted, collector orders immediate improvements

By Dheeraj Bengrut, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:05 AM IST
In a bid to offer solutions to the various road, traffic and infrastructural issues from Navale Bridge Chowk to Warje Chowk, a review meeting was held by the Pune district collector Rajesh Deshmukh on Thursday
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Citizens suffer as 37 CFCs remain shut since lockdown

By Nadeem Inamdar, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:05 AM IST
City residents are facing serious issues related to getting property tax bill printouts, birth and death certificates and other documents from the 37 Citizen Facilitation Centres (CFCs) across the city as the offices have remained shut since lockdown was announced
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Mohammadwadi-NIBM annexe residents demand action against speeding bikers

By Nadeem Inamdar, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:04 AM IST
Mohammadwadi-NIBM annexe residents have filed petitions seeking police action against speeding bikers after racing in violation of traffic law has caused a nuisance for days in the area
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Vandana Chavan unhappy with PMC over protection of water bodies

By HT Correspondent, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:04 AM IST
Member of Parliament (MP) Vandana Chavan expressed unhappiness over Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for not protecting water bodies and the biodiversity park
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Prakash Upadhyay takes charge as ADRM, Pune railway division

By HT Correspondent, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:04 AM IST
Prakash Upadhyay has taken charge as the additional divisional railway manager (Addl DRM) of the Pune railway division
Close
HT Image
HT Image

PMC to auction nine flats to recover dues from builder

By HT Correspondent, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:04 AM IST
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to hold an auction for nine flats owned by Nancy Icon builders and developers who failed to repay property tax worth Rs7
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Bavdhan residents hold E-dharna against garbage dumping

By Prachi Bari, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:03 AM IST
Bavdhan residents took to the internet to stage an e-dharna against the growing problem of garbage dumping in Bavdhan using hashtag #SaveBavdhanFromGarbage
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Nitin Landge elected chairperson of PCMC standing committee

By Jigar Hindocha, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:03 AM IST
Nitin Landge of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been elected as the chairperson of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation standing committee after he defeated the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator Pravin Bhalekar by five votes on Friday
Close
Bombay high court. (File photo)
Bombay high court. (File photo)

Pune: Bombay HC asks media to not give unnecessary publicity to woman's death

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 01:30 PM IST
A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and Manish Pitale gave the directive on Thursday while hearing a petition filed by the woman's father against news articles on his daughter, her death and her alleged relationship.
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Students demand improvements in exam process after 2020 experience

By Dheeraj Bengrut, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 11:54 PM IST
Students affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) in Pune, Nashik and Ahmednagar districts are once again worried about the forthcoming first semester examination
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Corporators set up helpline centres for vaccination registration

By Siddharth Gadkari, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 11:53 PM IST
In an effort to ease off pressure from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in registering citizens on the CoWin website, corporators have set up helpline centres in their respective wards
Close
HT Image
HT Image

1,848 new cases, five Covid deaths on Thursday

By HT Correspondent, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 11:53 PM IST
A total of 1,848 new cases were reported on Thursday in the Pune district
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Political leaders back weekly markets by vendors in run-up to polls

By Siddharth Gadkari, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 11:53 PM IST
In an effort to gain political mileage in the upcoming civic polls, local corporators and various political party leaders are organising unauthorised weekly markets in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits
Close
HT Image
HT Image

PMC fines 1,577 public places in 15 days for violating Covid norms

By Manasi Deshpande, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 11:53 PM IST
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has continued its drive of surprise inspections of public places to monitor Covid preventive norms compliances
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Private hospitals account for 303 vaccines in four days

By Namrata Devikar, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 11:52 PM IST
Since March 1st, private hospitals in Pune have vaccinated only 303 beneficiaries at 10 sites across the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP