BJP, Shiv Sena join NCP chant for inclusion of seven villages in PMC

With opposition BJP-Shiv Sena coming to its rescue, the ruling NCP in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Thursday gave its nod in the legal committee to the inclusion of seven more villages Nandoshi, Vadgaondhayari, Mangdewadi, Bhilarewadi, Gujar Nimbalkarwadi, Jambhulwadi and Kolewadi in the civic jurisdiction, in addition to the 28 villages that were included recently.

Legal committee chairperson Suman Pathare said the inclusion of seven villages in PMC area was in the interest of the city, as there was rapid development in the area and if it was not planned then the civic body would have to face problems in future.

The Congress and the MNS voted against the proposal, saying the civic administration had failed to meet the basic demands of citizens living in the existing civic jurisdiction. "The inclusion of more villages in PMC area will put an additional burden on the civic body and the performance of the civic administration will further deteriorate," said MNS corporator Sushila Netke.

Giving its response in favour of including the villages in PMC limit, the civic administration had cited that the seven villages were geographically located adjoining to the area earlier proposed to be merged with the civic jurisdiction and hence could be added to the list.

However, the civic administration has proposed financial assistance to develop infrastructure in these villages and also demanded for an increase of civic staff to cater to the demands of citizens. The water supply quota for city should also be increased, it said.

In October 2012, the state government notified its intention to include 28 more villages in the PMC jurisdiction and redefine the boundaries of the city in all directions. Later, the government received the demand to add seven more villages to the list, after which it sought the civic administration's opinion on it.

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