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After Mundhe, can Nayana Gunde drive PMPML into her success driveway? BRTS, bus service for women her priorities

“I am looking forward to work out a special service for women, the Tejaswini Mahila bus service. I am aware that many women in Pune depend on the bus service and a dedicated service for them will benefit them,” she said in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

pune Updated: Feb 16, 2018 15:25 IST
Vaishali Balajiwale
Vaishali Balajiwale
Hindustan Times, Pune
Tejaswini Mahila bus service,chairperson and managing director,Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML)
Nayana Gunde.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

Nayana Gunde, the newly appointed chairperson and managing director of the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) plans to introduce a special bus service for women, among the many initiatives that she has in mind for the city.

“I am looking forward to work out a special service for women, the Tejaswini Mahila bus service. I am aware that many women in Pune depend on the bus service and a dedicated service for them will benefit them,” she said in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

On her priority list is a clean, safe, prompt and regular bus service; strengthening of the BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit System) and gradual phasing out of old buses and their replacement with new ones.

Aware of the numerous challenges facing the PMPML, Gunde is confident of delivering results with sincere efforts and a positive attitude.

The 2016 batch IAS officer recently took charge as CMD, PMPML from Tukaram Mundhe who was posted to Nashik as the municipal commissioner.

A Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) officer who began as a probationary deputy collector in 1992 at the Osmanabad district Collectorate, Gunde was promoted to the IAS in 2016 and was posted as additional municipal commissioner to the Nagpur municipal corporation. She undertook a drive under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan mission and took early morning rounds to monitor the sweeping of the streets in the city. She resolved the issues of the cleaning staff, formed ward-wise teams of officers to supervise the work and was strict about absenteeism.

Her leadership and the efforts put in by the team helped the city bag the second position in the urban development ministry’s Swachh survey and the Swachh Sarvekshan Award for 2015-16.

As the CEO of Wardha Zilla Parishad, in 2016, Gunde worked in areas of health, sanitation, education, women development and welfare, housing and agriculture by implementing government schemes with considerable success.

Gunde believes in team work with a positive and constructive approach.

Another of Gunde’s successes was to meet the target of 100% Open Defecation Free (ODF) at Wardha in January 2017, much before the deadline. It became the first district in Vidharbha and in four divisions to become ODF. These achievements were taken note of by Prime Minister Modi.

In education, Gunde focused on digitalisation of ZP schools and during her tenure had digitalised 85% schools in the district.

Interested in women’s welfare, Gunde worked for self-help groups and introduced schemes along with the district collector for them. She took special efforts to ensure that self-help groups were well funded with loans. A workshop with banks and ‘bachat gats’ (small savings groups) enabled the women groups get loans to the tune of ₹38 crore, the highest loan disbursement by banks to self-help groups in Wardha.

Other successes were in the areas of Prime Minister Awas Yojana in rural areas for 2016-17 and the implementation of numerous rural development schemes for the benefit of the rural poor.

As a land acquisition officer in Nashik in 1995, she went about her work efficiently in the highly conflict prone area of land acquisition. Her expertise in working towards solutions within the frame of law took her to positions with higher responsibilities. She was posted to Nashik as the land acquisition officer responsible for acquiring land for SEZ, Sinnar and in a span of three months she completed acquisition of 1,000 hectares of land for which she was awarded as Best Officer on Revenue Day by the divisional commissioner.

At Nashik, she also worked as chief officer, MHADA Nashik board where she worked on low income group, middle income group and row house schemes making some of the best budget homes. She also resolved many issues of online registrations while serving as the district inspector general of stamps and registrations.

First Published: Feb 15, 2018 20:30 IST