34 villages merger in PMC latest news
After a long wait, the state government has finally shown interest in the long pending issue of 34 village's merger in PMC. But the state only approved appending of 11 villages on priority out of the 34 villages that were too merged in Pune Municipal Corporation. There is an affidavit filed in HC regarding the merger of these villages. 34 villages would be merged in 3 years where as 11 villages out 34 would be merged before December 2017.
PMC commissioner Kunal Kumar mentioned that once they have the final decision they can predict exact amount required for the development of these villages. The estimated cost for the development of these villages is Rs 5,000 crore.
Out of the 11 villages two villages would be completely merged, Uuli-Devachi and Phursungi which have been confronting civic body over the garbage issue. Other villages already fall under corporation jurisdiction so they would be merged partly, as these some parts of these remaining villages were merged in 1997.
Other 9 villages that would partly merge are Loghegaon, Shivane (Uttamnagar), Mundwa (remaining Keshavnagar), Hadapsar (Sadesataranali), Shivane, Ambegaon, (Khurda), Ambegaon (budruk), Undri and Dhayari will be inculcated within the limits.
Mayor Mukta Tilak mentioned that the civic body is already providing basic services such as roads, water, and garbage management. “Now, the corporation will have to focus on education and sanitation. Money will be diverted to these schemes from our budget".
Due to lack of funds the growth of these villages was at standstill, now the villages can be urbanized. Deputy Chairman of Haveli Taluka Kruti Samitee who is also a resident of Sadesatra Nali was overwhelmed to know that his village is also included in the approval of the merger. He mentioned now the civic body can help their village to solve issues like illegal construction, road water and drainage.
Manjari village has been excluded from the list. On which Shivraj Ghule, former deputy sarpanch of Manjari village said " we are not demanding that our village be taken within the limit either, considering we have revenue of Rs 10 crore. It is enough to develop the basic infrastructure.“ He said the government has taken the decision under pressure from political leaders.
In the latest news on 34 villages in PMC: 06 july 2017
The Bombay High Court on 11 June 2017 gave the state government 3 weeks to decide on the proposal of merger of 34 villages within the PMC jurisdiction of Pune Municipal Corporation(PMC). Still the many from 34 villages are banking on the merger of their villages to beat their water woes. As their only source is wells which are owned jointly by people. They are depending on the PMC to take the responsibility of water supply. PMC official stated that the civic body was unable to supply water to many parts of the city and merger of these 34 villages would add excessive burden on the civic body.
Also, the irrigation department has clarified that it will not increase the city's water quota. The city requires 19 TMC water a year, considering the impending merger of the 34 fringe villages in Pune's Municipal limits. But the irrigation department has rejected the demand.
Last Update: 6 may 2017
If the merger of the 34 villages in PMC is approved which as per the notification issued by state urban development department, The PMC would become the largest municipal corporation in of Maharashtra state. Representatives of the villages had submitted a memorandum to the state government last year, as no action has been taken since the notification has been issued in May 2014. There was a petition filed in 2014 by Citizens' group Haveli Taluka Nagari Kruti Samiti to speed up the process of merger as there have lot of extensions in the case.
In recent update on the merger of these 34 villages state government has called for a meeting with PMC before submitting an affidavit to Bombay high court on Thursday. State government asked for estimate for the development of infrastructure of 34 villages that are to be merged with PMC. After a brief calculation and discussion corporation came to conclusion that 17 different segments would be taken under development. The estimate of expenditure came close to 6,000 crore.
Mostly the cost would go towards the development of roads, water, drainage and solid waste management. The civic body presented the plan that involves spending an amount close to 5,740 crore for the development of infrastructure of these villages. This budget is somehow same to the annual budget of PMC for this year.
While speaking to Mirror PMC chief Kunal Kumar said "Without funds, we cannot develop the villages. In the first year of the merger, we cannot take property tax from the villagers as infrastructure will not be there immediately".
As funding is the most necessary part of development of these villages as Kumar stated tax cannot be collected this year as there would no infrastructure available this year itself. Also V G Kulkarni, Chief of water supply and drainage department mentioned lack of funds is the main reason there are no basic services in the villages and although water is supplied to these villages but there is no proper drainage system. Water and drainage system have to be developed simultaneously.
He also mentioned they have partial supply of water to these villages but to develop water supply system it requires Rs 3,000 crore, to get water from dams, construct water purification plants and water reservoirs.
The different sectors where the funds would be distributed would be Rs 830 crore for land acquisition, Rs 145 crore for primary education, Rs 82 crore for public health, Rs 174 crore for Bhavans, Rs 398 crore for gardens and Rs 152 crore for administration.
With this merger of 34 villages in PMC, the geographical area of PMC would become 500 square kilometres from 243.84 square kilometres making it larger than BMC.