Former sarpanch of Bavdhan on what is the way ahead for the area and its residents

Dilip Vedepatil was a sarpanch of Bavdhan for 10 years before it was merged with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). He is familiar with the problems that the area face.

pune Updated: Feb 10, 2018 16:08 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Dilip Vedepatil.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

Dilip Vedepatil was a sarpanch of Bavdhan for 10 years before it was merged with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). He is familiar with the problems that the area face. Excerpts from his interview with Prachi Bari.

Tell us about Bavdhan’s development over the years

Bavdhan was a village before 1997 and was included in PMC in 1997. Its boundary begins at High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) and culminates at Bhugaon and Chandani chowk. Post the merger, a lot of changes have taken place in the area, including a change in the demographics of residents. Earlier, only 3,000 people used to live in Bavdhan but now, it has 30,000 people living in areas under its jurisdiction. Water supply is not a problem at all in the area as it has been taken care of by the new water tank in Chandani chowk.

What has been the focus of your civic initiatives in Bavdhan?

I became a corporator in 2017. We don’t have a PMC school in Bavdhan. Before 1997, we had an old school for students from Class 1 to Class 7, but it is in a very bad shape now. Therefore, I have made a budget allocation of Rs 1.35 crore for building a new school in the area. We are also planning to construct a recreation centre for senior citizens in the locality. In the same vicinity, we will also hold yoga classes and provide office space for women to conduct self-help group meetings and other important conferences. We only have one crematorium in Bavdhan, which we are currently upgrading. I have already made a budgetary provision of Rs 1 crore for the initiative. NDA road is the busiest road in the area but has no demarcated footpath. Therefore, we are spending Rs 65 lakh to construct a proper footpath alongside the road. The Development Plan necessitates the construction of wider roads and we are already working on it as well. We will also be constructing traffic signals at the most accident prone areas.

What does Bavdhan lack in terms of public amenities?

When I was a sarpanch, the first thing I did was to build a police chowky in the area. It comes under the jurisdiction of the Hinjewadi police station. Bavdhan has no government or private hospitals and residents have to go to either Kothrud or Pashan for medical emergencies. We also don’t have a fire brigade and need rely on the service of the Kothrud or Aundh fire brigade. Also, there are no good private schools in the area. People choose Bavdhan simply because of the ease of living in a spacious home at a scenic locality. In 1988, property rates in Bavdhan stood at around Rs 300 per sq ft, which has now increased to Rs 7,000 per sq ft. Bus No 110 and Bus No 109 pass through the area. These buses use the ring route and ply from Kothrud and Pashan to PMC.

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 16:07 IST