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Fed up with civic apathy, Mhalunge residents put votes up for sale

Tired of listening to negative responses, the residents have put up a flex seeking help from people and the government in exchange for votes.

pune Updated: Aug 06, 2018 14:51 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The residents had given the authorities a deadline of three months in June, which comes to an end in August.(HT Photo)

The patience of more than 5,000 Mhalunge residents is gradually fading away as they wait for the authorities to act on their promise to build a five-kilometre stretch connecting Sus-Mhalunge, which currently remains riddled with potholes and mud.

The residents had given the authorities a deadline of three months in June, which comes to an end in August. Tired of listening to negative responses, the residents have put up a flex seeking help from people and the government in exchange for votes.

“We have put up 12 flex suggesting that we will give up our voting rights, and even sell them to the highest bidder, if the authorities concerned do not act upon our complaints,” said Avinash Sharma, a local resident. “We are tired of waiting for authorities to keep their promises and if PMRDA does not pay heed to us, we plan to put up a big flex right in front of the office until the authorities get our message,” he added.

“Our votes are for sale if anyone provides us all the basic amenities that we need,” said Pankaj Damle, another resident living in Mhalunge’s Yashwin society, and a member of the Sus Mahalunge housing societies association.

“Whenever we approached PMRDA, they said they have no funds and were not ready to commit on any deadline. They pass the buck to the developer, who did try to build the roads in 2016 and were stopped by the authorities. We have paid Rs 55 crore in taxes and they simply cannot put up their hands and say that there are no funds,” added Damle.

Residents of Mhalunge had recently approached Pune metropolitan region development authority (PMRDA) for the fifth time, but in vain as they did not receive any “worthy reply”, said locals.

First Published: Aug 06, 2018 14:27 IST