On his first visit to the city after becoming chief minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis announced the immediate formation of the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) on Tuesday. He also stressed on the long- pending need for an efficient public transport system for the city, and assured journalists at a press conference that he would push for the proposed Pune Metro. Fadnavis also said he would appoint an IAS-level official to bring the public bus transport undertaking, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML), back on track.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also held separate meetings with PMC and PCMC officials, corporators and MLAs during his visit. File pic
To take an overview of various pending issues of development in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, Fadnavis held separate meetings with officials from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), along with corporators and newly elected MLAs.
“We have decided to immediately form the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) and make it efficient like the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). While forming the Authority, we are also considering the Ahmedabad model and are thinking of having a land bank for the body and will ensure that it will be implemented,” Fadnavis said.
The state urban development department had, in the past, suggested the land transfer model for PMRDA to make it self-sufficient, and the CM stated that he is taking reviews from various sources to make it viable.
Speaking of PMPML, he said, “We have taken the decision of appointing an IAS officer, who will resolve the issues of PMPML. In collaboration with the Railways, we have discussed the traffic plan for Pune and PCMC, which will be implemented through the Transport department.”
“The way Pune is expanding, bringing the Metro to the city is the need of the hour,” he said, adding that he would follow it up with the Centre.
Against the backdrop of recent reports about BJP’s change in approach about repealing the Local Body Tax (LBT) from the state, the CM said, “BJP has a clear stand of abolishing LBT. We are thinking of various options to replace it with the Goods and Services Tax (GST). But, before that, we have to ensure that the current tax income of the state remains the same.”