With Ajit Pawar stepping down as deputy chief minister on Tuesday following allegations of involvement in the irrigation scam, projects initiated by him have been on the forefront of concern.
As the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) enjoys power in the PMC with Congress, the fate of these projects are expected to hit a bumpy road after he resigned. The opposition in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will have no part in believing that any projects will be hit because Pawar tendered his resignation, as these projects are funded by JNNURM and through taxpayer’s money.
The opposition claims that Pawar or the NCP is not the only party in the civic body and ongoing projects are not under any sort of threat. NCP’s Subhash Jagtap, leader of the PMC House, said, “Important projects suggested by Dada Pawar for Pune might land in trouble, as the leader would not be at the deputy CM’s post. He is the one who envisioned making Pune a city with ample water supply, electricity and quality roads. He had even envisioned using the Mula-Mutha rivers for transport like the city of Venice.”
NCP MP Vandana Chavan expressed her opinion that Pawar’s vision had helped the city in making a comprehensive development plan (DP) by keeping a big chunk of land for Bio Diversity Parks (BDP).
The overall cost of projects in the city and district are estimated to be between Rs 8,000 to 10,000 crore. “His resignation may shake his dream for the city, but the picture will change in due course, when he emerges as a clean person following inquiry into the so-called irrigation scam,” Chavan said.
Yogesh Behl, former mayor Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and NCP president for Pimpri-Chinchwad, said, “Dada is a visionary of Pimpri-Chinchwad and has given the city the best roads, flyovers and quality water supply projects.
NCP, as the ruling party, could single-handedly complete many good projects initiated by Dada. His resignation will certainly impact his forthcoming projects in the industrial township, but everything will be back to normal once he is cleared of allegations in the irrigation scam.”
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s Vasant More, leader of the opposition, PMC, however ruled out the possibility of any project suffering due to Pawar’s resignation.
He said, “Why Pawar alone? All the NCP members in the PMC should resign and we are here to run the civic body without any Dada or NCP. No project is by any Dada, because all these projects are either funded by JNNURM or paid for with taxpayer’s money.”
Kailas Kadam, leader of the opposition, Congress, PCMC, said, “No big project in PCMC was done by one person. These are the joint efforts of the Congress-NCP led government in the state and United Front Government at the Centre. The funding for roads, flyovers and water supply schemes comes from JNNURM and also the state government. There is also need to check the credibility of these projects.”
Important projects Pawar initiated
Three grade separators to ensure smooth flow of vehicular traffic — estimated cost Rs 150 croreQuality roads for city with flyovers
Estimated cost Rs 1,200 crore Brought about availability of additional 2.70 TMC water from Bhama Askhed Dam — no cost Making Pune slum free by finalizing rules for Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA)
Waterline from Pawna Dam to Pimpri-Chinchwad — estimated cost Rs 700 crore Affordable houses at Chikhali village — Rs 440 crore Nashik Phata two-storied flyover — Rs 200 crore 12 BRT routes — Rs 200 crore
Airport at Rajgurunagar — Rs 4,000 crore Water supply for Purangdar via lift irrigation from Theur — Rs 700 crore