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MP Anil Shirole ropes in netizens for beautifying Pune

Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Sabarmati riverfront project in Ahmedabad, city’s newly elected Member of Parliament (MP), Anil Shirole, took to Twitter seeking suggestions from Punekars for the Mula-Mutha riverfront project. The project had topped Shirole’s to-do list soon after he was declared BJP candidate for the Lok Sabha elections.

Anil Shirole
On the agenda: The Mula-Mutha river project was on Anil Shirole’s priority list soon after he was declared as the BJP candidate from the city for the Lok Sabha elections. File Pic

Opinions galore
Economist Sumita Kale, who shared her idea, told mid-day that it was for the first time that an MP had sought people’s suggestions for redeveloping the city. “It feels good to contribute. But Shirole must ensure that a few of these suggestions are implemented during the execution of the project,” she said. Kale suggested cleaning and desilting of river at the earliest, and minimum use of concrete during construction of boundary walls.

Architect Anagha Paranjape said there is no open space in Pune like the Sabarmati riverfront. “Mula-Mutha riverfront may not be as massive as Sabamati’s, but keeping the construction minimal will help, and also bring down the cost of the project. One developed, the riverfront will become a serene place,” he said.

IT professional Amit Paranjape said, “Before they start the project, they must clear the sewage that is dumped into the water bodies daily. Today, nearly 50 per cent of untreated waste is directly released into the rivers.”

‘People come first’
Talking to mid-day, Shirole said active participation of citizens is BJP government’s first priority towards keeping its promise of good governance. “I will surely consider all the suggestions we receive. Not only for the riverfront project, suggestions will be invited from people on every developmental project meant for the city,” he said.

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