Cityís boundary set to change

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The delay on account of political parties in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) not reaching a consensus on merging adjoining villages with the city notwithstanding, the state government has used its power at last. It has notified its intention on the inclusion of 28 more villages in the PMC jurisdiction through a government resolution (GR).

The state has sought suggestions and objections from citizens on the decision within a month of this declaration.

The move will redefine the boundaries of the city in all directions. Towards north, the city limits will be extended to Balewadi, Baner, Aundh, Bopodi, Kalas, Dhanori and Lohegaon. The northeast boundary will be up to Lohegaon and Kharadi.

Towards east, the PMC limit will be up to Kharadi, Manjri Budhruk, Phursungi and Mula-Mutha river. The South-East boundary will extend to Vadachiwadi, Uruli Devachi, Holkarwadi and Phursungi. To the south, the city will extend up to Dhayari, Ambegaon Khurd, Katraj, Yeolewadi, Autade, Handewadi and Holkarwadi.

The boundary will go up to Khadakwasla and Kopre in southwest. Towards west, the boundary will be up to Kondhwe-Dhawade, Bavdhan Budhruk, Bavdhan Khurd, Mahalunge and Sus. The northwest limit will be up to Mahalunge and Balewadi till Mula river.

"The state government had consulted the PMC over extending the PMC jurisdiction. We had submitted a detailed report on the impact of including the villages in PMC area. The state government has listed all villages but one suggested for inclusion," said municipal commissioner Mahesh Pathak.

He clarified that the civic administration was in no way involved in the decision-making process. "The legal committee of PMC was sitting on the proposal of extending the civic limits. Now, the proposal will stand defunct as the state government has exercised its power," Pathak said.

Political parties ó except MNS ó caught unawares over the government decision have welcomed the initiative. NCP leader Subhash Jagtap said his party was in favour of including more villages in the PMC but was unable to clear it in the civic body due to lack of majority.

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