I wish this our city rulers understand & grasp is what come to my mind when I read the news making head lines about a subject as important as merging of adjoining villages in Municipal Corporation! First of all here one needs to understand the scenario on the horizon as a common man does get fooled up by controversial statements by all parties on the topic. Many will say what it has to take with real estate, what difference it makes whether any area lies in PMC or out of it? As we keep on hearing that it will be advantageous to some political party & dissadventageous to other, have we thought what’s in benefit of the city as well the residents we are talking about? Well for that we need to understand the administrative structure of the system which controls development of the city & area adjoining to it. In 1995 the decision was taken to merge nearly 23 adjoining villages in PMC & then at end only 15 villages were taken making the present area of PMC as 243 sq km. And now the proposal has been put to acquire these villages again which has been demerged in 2001 with which the area of PMC will become more than 400 sq km, which will be at par with the cities of its size i.e. Ahmadabad or Bangalore, even Mumbai is 425 sq km. Its not just the area we are speaking about its the way we will be serving the area which we are acquiring. Here is where the administration controls come in the picture. Presently the area which we call PMC or Pune Municipal Corporation, here the governing body is PMC which has a structured system of administration & a budget to back up the basic infrastructure works which are essential to make the living of citizen comfortable. It includes basic things like water, drainage, roads, education etc. Here again many a will say is the PMC really giving it to the citizens? Well, there always will be some unsatisfied souls but those who want the answer they should visit adjoing areas of PMC & the visit will itself answer their question. Nothing wrong, it’s just the villages just don’t have a system to provide them the infrastructure. Grampanchayt’s who are supposed to take care of these basic infrastructure don’t have any such system. They are dependent on Zillah Parishads where funding is a constant problem & they too don’t have any engineering or planning department as in turn they are dependent on PWD i.e. Public Works Department, water supply & drainage is supposed to be done via Jeewan Pradhikarn & the overall control is with Collector for revenue matters & planning authority for these areas is Town Planning Department! Hussh, such is the maze of departments tangeled in each other workings in the system! Now you will understand the hurdles in development of the Villages in comparison to Municipal Corporation.
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