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Gardens and open spaces yet to be developed, says corporator Yuvraj Beldare

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator Yuvraj Beldare of Prabhag number 40 and resident of Ambegaon said that merging of the village has seen an unplanned and haphazard expansion on the outskirts too.

pune Updated: Jan 27, 2018 15:30 IST
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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator Yuvraj Beldare.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator Yuvraj Beldare.(HT Photo)

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator Yuvraj Beldare of Prabhag number 40 and resident of Ambegaon said that merging of the village has seen an unplanned and haphazard expansion on the outskirts too.

When did Ambegaon develop actually? 

The first development began in 2004, before that it was just like any other village outskirts of Pune city. Though the village was partly included in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in 1999, we didn’t see much development as part of the village was still in gram panchayat. Ambegaon is a bigger village than Dhankavdi in the city. 

What has changed in Ambegaon ever since the inclusion into the PMC? 

When PMC decided to include the villages, the small village has suddenly become a big area and spread on the outskirts too. The development plan (DP) mentions some reservations but nothing has been done, and hence you will see illegal houses/ buildings in bio diversity areas, hill top, and even hill slopes as well as NA agriculture land. 

Who are the people who have opted to stay in Ambegaon? Why? 

People from outskirts of Pune district, as well as those from within the city have shifted to Ambegaon for want of fresh air, good connectivity with two highways crossing the village — Katraj highway as well as Mumbai-Bengaluru bypass. Ambegaon boasts of good educational institutions like JSPM, Zeal, Sinhagad Institutes as well as schools like Potdar and Abhinav School. The quality of life that this area gives is attracting a lot of people. The actual development began 15 years ago. 

What is lacking in Ambegaon and will help with the inclusion in PMC? 

The surrounding areas of Ambegaon is very hilly and on hill slope, thus good roads, drainage lines as well as good line of constant potable water is unavailable. When it was in gram panchayat, the development charges were paid to Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) for developing basic amenities but nothing has been done so far. With the latest inclusion, it will take at least a year to include basic amenities to work well and only then can we think of other amenities like gardens, open spaces to develop. 

As a corporator what have you done for your area? 

It’s only been 10 months as a corporator, and I am still trying to get basic amenities in my area. I will not say everything is in place. There is a lot to be done and it takes time and money. I have limited budget of ₹2.5 to ₹3 crores as being in the opposition party. There is a lot to be done in development, and we have planned a lot, like garbage segregation and electric cremation. We want to create gardens but we hardly have any open space in Ambegaon that can be used for garden or even theatre.