PMC leaders to submit memorandum on Pune Metro plan

Pune: A delegation of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), led by mayor Dattatraya Dhankawade, will submit a memorandum to Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu to express displeasure over the state and central government’s ‘discrimination’ towards the metro project for Pune.

Venkaiah Naidu will be in city on Tuesday to attend a public meeting organized on the occasion of the BJP government completing one year at the Centre.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, mayor Dhankawade said, “The BJP has a government in the state and at the Centre. There is no reason for any delay in approval of the metro project. The state government had appointed the Girish Bapat committee to study technical details of the project and the committee has submitted its report, but the state is not taking any action. We are going to raise this issue with the Union minister”.

Dhankawade added that BJP governments were giving priority to Nagpur at the cost of Pune’s development. “Pune corporation had approved the metro proposal before Nagpur was even thinking of the project. But BJP leaders hastened the ground breaking ceremony and also floated tenders for the project before the detailed project report was ready. We are going to ask minister about this bias,” said Dhankawade.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in March had said the state government will immediately approve and start building Pune metro Corridor-I, which would connect Pimpri Chinchwad and Swargate. But things have not moved forward since then.

PMC leaders are also going to ask for substantial financial help from the Centre to facilitate the implementation of the metro project.

Dhankawade, meanwhile, said that NCP leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar held a meeting of all corporators and office bearers on Sunday and urged them to speed up development works in the city. Pawar also told party leaders to set aside differences and co-operate to fulfill the promises made to citizens.

The delegation is also going to ask for substantial financial help from the Centre to facilitate the implementation of the metro project.

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