Pawar said that a long wait had come to an end, as the home ministry had finally given the nod. The PMC conducted a survey, identifying 1,200 chowks in the city for installing CCTV cameras, and submitted a detailed report to the ministry.
Apart from sorting out the CCTV issue, Pawar also said that in future there was no need of cabinet approval for additional routes on the Pune Metro project. Pawar said a high power committee (HPC) comprising of the chief secretary, principal secretary and civic chief and PCMC would have the authority to approve the same.
“Besides the two approved Metro routes of Pimpri-Chinchwad to Swargate and Vanaj to Ramwadi, if the decision needs to be taken on the proposed routes of Pimpri-Chinchwad-Nigadi and Swargate to Katraj in future, there would be no need to go to the cabinet for getting the sanction.
The HPC would take all the decisions in this matter,” Pawar said. He said that the total cost for the approved routes is estimated at Rs 10,183 crore and the cost would be borne by the state and central government, while the remaining amount would be got through a loan.
Speaking about the alleged attempt to murder of a suspended police officer in Baramati by NCP corporator, Sunil Pote, in the wee hours of Sunday, Pawar said that he had already given an order of inquiry to the rural police.
The Pune rural police booked Pote and five others on Sunday for allegedly assaulting a suspended police officer Deepali Shinde, after they set fire to her bungalow in Baramati police lines. “The nature of complaint is very serious. Pote was Baramati Nagar adhyaksha and is currently holding the post of a corporator. I asked him about the issue and he denied his involvement. However, the order of inquiry has been given to ascertain the fact behind the incident,” said Pawar. He also mentioned that the suspended officer was earlier arrested in a bribe case.