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Pune municipal corporation (PMC) finally fulfilled its promise to give permanent employment to 57 residents from Phursungi, whose land was acquired for a garbage depot 20 years ago.Updated: Aug 28, 2018 18:15 IST
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune municipal corporation (PMC) finally fulfilled its promise to give permanent employment to 57 residents from Phursungi, whose land was acquired for a garbage depot 20 years ago.
Pune mayor Mukta Tilak, deputy mayor Siddharth Dhende and additional municipal commissioner Rajendra Nimbalkar, handed over the appointment letters to 11 persons on Monday.
Mayor Tilak said, “As per the government resolution, PMC decided to appoint 57 persons from Phursungi and Uruli Devachi, whose land was acquired for the garbage depot. The rest will get their appointment letters very soon, after verifying their documents.”
The land acquisition for the Phursungi garbage depot happened 20 years ago, but the state government only recently issued out a separate notification and asked the PMC to appoint the affected residents.
Nimbalkar said that the action is historic in the sense that the civic body has no precedence of employing people affected by its projects.
The Phursungi residents had also exerted some pressure, stopping garbage dumpers from travelling to the depot. However, now, residents of Phursungi village said they are hoping PMC keeps ‘all its promises”, given the development plan work pending.
Pune civic chief put on hold mechanised road sweeping tenders after citizen groups complaint
Pune municipal commissioner Saurabh Rao on Monday stayed a work order for hiring mechanised road sweeping machines, after a complaint from a civic activist. The commissioner instructed the administration to check the complaint first.
The standing committee of the Pune municipal corporation had recently approved the proposal to carry out mechanised road sweeping in three zones in the city. Instead of purchasing the machines, the PMC is hiring it from other contractors.
Sajag Nagrik Manch’s Vivek Velenkar and Vishwas Sahastrabuddhe objected to the tender process and claimed it would bring more financial burden on the PMC as the rates for hiring the machines are inflated.
“The project should be carried out on an operating expense basis which will save around Rs 15 crore of the civic body,” the citizens’ group has claimed.
Velankar said that the PMC had approved mechanised sweeping for five years for city roads. “The PMC was going to spend Rs 48 crore on this project in this tenure. The contractor had quoted a price of Rs 78 lakh for hiring the sweeping machines, but the government’s own website shows the cost of buying a single truck, with the sweeping machine, is Rs 59.25 lakh. If PMC purchases these trucks it will save more money,” Velankar said, adding the total amount saved will be Rs 15 crore.
Rao said that he had instructed the administration not to give the work order till the tender is passed. “We will explore the option suggested by the citizens’ group,” he said.
Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority started drive against illegal construction
The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA), has started a special drive to check on illegal constructions in its jurisdiction.
There are around 10,000 unauthorised structures in areas that come under PMRDA, an official report has stated.
In the first part of the drive, PMRDA inspected unauthorised homes and served them notices. PMRDA officials said, the planning authority started the drive on Monday in the Manjri area.
PMRDA commissioner Kiran Gitte said,”PMRDA started the special drive under the leadership of IPS officer Sarang Awhad. If illegal works are found, notices will immediately be served on such properties.”
Earlier, the authority had extended deadline for regularising unauthorised structures till October 31. According to PMRDA, only those structures will be regularised have not violated rules on a large scale.
Gitte has appealed to citizens not to undertake an illegal constructions.
PMRDA has also warned citizens that they will file police cases if needed.
First Published: Aug 28, 2018 18:15 IST