Expanding Pune: Bavdhan needs playgrounds, gardens and proper waste management, say residents
Further, though the Bavdhan Manch has been consistently promoting garbage segregation in the locality, the drive has remained effective in only about 15-20 societies.pune Updated: Feb 10, 2018 15:59 IST
Bavdhan Manch, the community group consisting of a group of residents who deliberate and focus on community development, environment and cultural programmes, while interacting with the corporators of the area for the development of the suburb, has been instrumental in the overall development of the area over the years.
After seeing the beauty of the hills surrounding the area, Nitin Pradhan was one of the many people who moved to Bavdhan from Model Colony six years ago. While he usually commutes using his personal vehicle, he said that the autorickshaw drivers often overcharge for short trips in the area.
“Many residents have complained about this to the manch. Though the authorities were alerted many times, they are yet to take action against this exploitation by autorickshaw drivers,” says Pradhan.
Further, according to Pradhan, though the Bavdhan Manch has been consistently promoting garbage segregation in the locality, the drive has remained effective in only about 15-20 societies.
“Though it’s a standalone model with no real support from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), it is a revenue generating model. Even after the drive, many people still dump garbage on the outskirts near the highway and despite numerous attempts to stop it, the practise has continued,” says Pradhan.
Kalyani Kalawant, who has been a witness to the ‘concretisation’ of Baner over the past few years, is unhappy that the locality does not have a garden for children, a community hall, a sports ground or even a public swimming pool. “We have a very active senior citizens’ club as well as a laughter club, but since we lack a garden, we either meet at member’s place or at a private society club house,” she says.
Dushyant Bhatia, who has been living in the area since 2000, has seen improvements such as road widening and increase in bus frequency. However, he says, a lot of progress needs to be made in the garbage collection and sewage disposal mechanism, and traffic management.
Residing in the area since 2006 is Manjushri Tadwalkar who is happy that the many military establishments, like the High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), has controlled construction and maintained the green belt in the area. However, traffic congestion is now rising because of the vehicle flow to and from Hinjewadi IT park and Chandani chowk, which is a major concern, she says.