Our biggest challenge is good infrastructure, says Nana Bhangire
The citizens in the area care for the environment and also actively participate in the development of the area, which is one of the biggest changes seen in recent times.Updated: Feb 02, 2018 20:47 IST
Shiv Sena corporator Pramod, alias Nana Bhangire who enjoys considerable popularity here, is focusing on road infrastructure development, garbage management, construction of quality drainage lines and a host of basic civic issues. Bhangire, who represents Prabhag 26 Mohammadwadi - Kausarbaug spoke to Nadeem Inamdar.
What is the history of Mohammadwadi?
Mohammadwadi was a gram panchayat till 1996 and municipal elections for the ward were held for the first time in 2002. Since it was newly merged with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), we began addressing small issues ranging from laying of internal drainage lines and roads network to making commuting easy for residents. In the initial years, development was slow, but now, Mohammadwadi has metamorphosed into one of the highly urbanised suburb of Pune. This area has a number of reputed educational institutions.
How has Mohammadwadi changed over the years?
Several new societies have been formed and Mohammadwadi is home to a large, cosmopolitan population now. Educational institutes and business establishments are also being established here and we feel that the necessary infrastructure, development must keep pace with the rising construction activity and growing population. The citizens in the area care for the environment and also actively participate in the development of the area, which is one of the biggest changes seen in recent times. The locality is defined by a peaceful environment, rich biodiversity of forest area and a number of high profile societies.
What are your priorities as a corporator?
My focus has been on the development of road, drainage infrastructure and supply of drinking water in the area. Funds worth ₹100 crore have been spent since 2007 to strengthen civic infrastructure of Mohammadwadi.
We have spent roughly ₹30 crore on road construction and drainage infrastructure projects in 2017. Currently, road work has started in survey number 17, 18, 23, 24, 35 and 36 of Mohammadwadi and the work will be completed before the monsoons. Similar, road work is going on in full swing in survey number 2 in Mohammadwadi gaothan (the land included within the site of a village, town or city). Our mission is to get development plan (DP) roads constructed and utilise amenity spaces for people-centric projects like constructing football grounds, gardens, gyms and centres for senior citizens.
What are the challenges before you?
The biggest challenge is to create good, public infrastructure. Garbage and traffic congestion is also one of the important challenges and we feel that citizen participation will go a long way in overcoming them. There are some roads where farmers have still not handed over possession of the land under the DP and we expect the issue to be resolved soon. Farmers must co-operate and help road building activity by quickly handing over land to the PMC