Almost everything illegal was Pulled down
Following the death of 11 people in an illegal under-construction structure on Taljai Hill in September, the PMC intensified its demolition spree that continued till the last day of 2012. Despite severe opposition from the locals and political leaders, the civic body demolished every structure that it found was illegal.
“The drive will continue untill people stop constructing illegal buildings,” said Mahesh Pathak, PMC commissioner. He claimed that the PMC has brought down over 25-lakh square feet area of illegal construction in the city. According to Vivek Kharwadkar, additional commissioner of PMC, the figure is corresponding to the collective figure of the past last five years put together.
Civic body and its new Development plan
While the Development Plan (DP) for the city was ready in September, the City Improvement Committee (CIC) declared it in October with its 150 suggestions. The CIC had demand that poor families get maximum FSI (Floor Space Index).
On October 11, the state government issued a notification by submitting suggestions and objections of those living in the villages that were to be merged in the PMC limits. When MiD DAY conducted a survey of these villages in November, grampanchayat members of 15 villages said they were not willing for the merger with the civic body as their political identity would be on stake.
MNS emerges as single largest opposition party
While NCP emerged as the single largest party by winning 51 of the total 152 seats, MNS improved its tally from eight to 28, and emerged as the single largest opposition party. The feat was attained following Raj Thackeray’s remarkable interest in interviewing the candidates.
While NCP’s Vaishali Bankar was appointed as the Mayor, her father-in-law Datta Bankar, a former Congress corporator, said, “My dream of becoming the city mayor was fulfilled by my daughter-in-law.”
The city witnessed a major tussle between the civic body and the state irrigation department over the quantity of water to be supplied to the city. The PMC had demanded an additional five TMC of water, as 28 fringe villages were to be merged in the city limits. But the request was turned down.