On Thursday, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) decided to allow retired staffers to pass on office quarters to their relatives, but only if they are also working with the civic body.
This decision paves beneficial for Dhananjay Jadhav and Manisha Ghate, corporators of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In 2013, both of them had refused to surrender PMC quarters at Sane Guruji Nagar.
While this decision has seen light, there are some 3,500 employees from PMC who are still waitlisted for the aforementioned facility. This decision of passing the PMC staff quarters to the next generation, only if the latter is also working for PMC happened after Jadhav submitted a supplementary suggestion in a proposal.
Jadhav had resigned from as a corporator in January 2012 but continued to stay in room 207 in building 5 at the colony situated behind S P College. His proposal was passed by the general body easily without any intense discussion.
“My sister-in-law is a Class-IV PMC employee. So now, according to the passed proposal, I can continue to live in the quarters allotted to me. Class-IV employees don’t have the financial ability to invest in their own homes often, and only have the staff quarters to provide them with a roof over their heads. Based on this, I submitted my proposal. This is not ownership — it is a mere extension of the occupancy period,” Said Jadhav to Pune Mirror when asked about the proposal.
Manisha Ghate’s father-in-law, Ramchandra Shankar Ghate retired from in March 2003. Since tehn Ghate has been living in Sane Guruji Nagar quarters. She has not commented on this matter as of yet.
Ashok Yenpure who is a senior BJP corporator said that this is injustice to other staff members waiting in line to get staff quarters. The proposal should be struck down. Congress corporator Datta Bahirat agreed with his and said that PMC should remove this condition allowing staffers to carry forward occupancy of quarters to their kin working with the civic body.
Pune: An award winner, Kunal Kumar, who is presently a district collector in Aurangabad, has been appointed as the new Chief of Pune Municipal Corporation. The state government expects him to take charge on Wednesday morning.
36-year-old Kumar is an electrical engineer by training and a 1999 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer with work experience at Nagpur and Kolhapur municipal corporations. Kumar has previously won Excellence award from the centre for implementing the Aadhar programme in Aurangabad. He has also won four awards for effective e-governance.
The post was lying vacant after the transfer of the ex-commissioner Vikas Deshmukh. Until the appointment of Kumar, the PMC affairs were handled by Additional Municipal Commissioner Omprakash Bakoriya.
His work experience at previous municipal corporations will help him discharge his duty well at PMC.
Pune: While the water supply in Pune City is decreasing day by day, the opportunity to extract more and more money from the dependent is growing extensively for the private water tankers.
Not only has the demand for private water tankers risen sharply over the past two weeks, but also the price to acquire each tanker is skyrocket high. “We are compelled to call for an alternate source of water since the Pune Municipal Corporation has limited water once a day and is helpless. It began with Rs. 500 for tankers which was still affordable to now nothing less than Rs. 1500 which is burning holes our pockets.”
After repeated complaints by the residents, the PMC has taken cognizance of the situation and decided to set up a helpline for registering complaints of extortion against private water suppliers. Promising action within time, the head of Water Department of PMC, V.G Kulkarni said, “Prices have become very unaffordable. We need to take strict action. Although we have announced a helpline for citizens to call and register their complaints, so far there have been no complaints.”
Although the increasing price monopoly of the private water tankers has been creating havoc in the city, residents fear that setting up a helpline is not the answer to this problem. They believe that PMC needs to go beyond rules and do something more. A resident of Koregaon Park, Naman Sharma said, “Rather than setting up helplines which is a temporary solution, I think PMC should concentrate on being self-reliant themselves. They should work hard to make sure that the city gets water even when there are no rains. What will we do if these private tankers stop providing water?”
As the city continues to grapple with almost 50% water cuts, there seems to be no relief in the near future. “If it doesn’t rain by July 14, water cuts will have to be increased”, cited V.G. Kulkarni.
Drinking water is the major concern as dams merely 16% potable water in store. “The utilization of drinking water for car washing and construction purposes should be stopped right away. The civic body has prohibited the use of drinking water in 152 gardens. Drip irrigation and sprinklers should be brought in use,” said Rajiv Jadhav, Municipal Commissioner of PCMC.
Pune has recorded merely 13.8 mm rainfall at present, which is the lowest in the last 44 years. Also the vegetable prices have been shot up making it all the more difficult for common man to survive.
The Pune Municipal Corporation is to be equipped with a fully functioning firefighting system that will consist of 1,500 sprinklers and 1,500 smoke detectors, fire hydrants, a water storage system and fire extinguishers. The total project cost involves about Rs 1.68-crore which will provide the facilities to 18 different administrative branches of the PMC.