Fate of 34 villages for the merged in PMC to be decided today the State Government expected to submit its views on the merger in the Supreme Court.
Since the petition filed by residents of 34 villages over the governments delay in merging the villages into PMC, the High Court has accepted the submission. Three months ago the High Court had directed the state government to take a decision over the pending proposal of merger of 34 villages in PMC. The 34 villages which are supposed to be included in PMC in pune are Mhalunge, Sus, Urali Devachi, Bavdhan, Kirkitwadi, Pisoli, Lohegaon (portion not already under the PMC), Kondhwe-Dhawade, Kopre, Nanded, Khadakwasla, Shivane, Mundhwa, Manjari, Narhe, Shivane, Ambegaon (Budruk), Undri, Dhayari, Mantarwadi, Holkarwadi, Handewadi, Wadachiwadi, Shewalewadi, Phursungi, Yeolewadi, Mangdewadi, Vadgaonsheri, Nandoshi, Bhilarewadi, Jambhulwadi, Gujar Nimbalkarwadi, and Kolewadi, Ambegaon (Khurd).
In May 2014 the Congress- NCP union government was likewise issued a notice for the same, on which the additionally surrendered its approval for the same and the government had additional finished the procedure of acknowledgment and objections of the proposition. However the issue has pending since the new government has been in power hence the residents had approached the High Court. On which the Civic Administration in 2015-2016 had proposed budget of 35 crore for the development, but no budget was allotted in 2016-2017.
The fate of 34 villages slated for a merger is likely to be decided on Thursday. The state government is expected to submit its views on the merger in the Supreme Court. A decision was taken after hearing a petition filed by a citizens' group.
The residents of these villages have urged the state government to take a call on their merger with the Pune municipal limits quickly. A delegation of villagers had submitted a memorandum to the state government, stating that the merger notification was issued in May 2014 but the state government had not taken any step since then.
A citizens' group of Haveli taluka Nagari Kruti Samiti had filed the petition. “The final call was expected on Wednesday .But the state government sought more time. They were seeking an extension of six months, but court has directed them to submit their stand on Thursday, “Shirring Chavan, president of the group and petitioner, said.
If the merger plan is approved according to the notification, PMC would become the largest municipal corporation in the state. Its geographical area would increase from the existing 243.84sqkm to over 500sqkm more than the size of the largest civic body of the state, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, covering an area of 480.24sqkm. According to the notification, issued by the state urban development department, villages on the fringe areas of Pune would be brought under the municipal fold.