PCMC chief weathers another corporator storm

Ever since he began the demolition drive, the PCMC Commissioner has been targeted by corporators who have been demanding his transfer. The mood was no different last week when corporators launched a tirade against Dr Shrikar Pardeshi in presence of Ajit Pawar, the district Guardian Minister who runs the NCP show in Pimpri-Chinchwad.

This time too, the Pardeshi administration made the corporators backtrack from their aggressive stand.

Pawar was in Pimpri-Chinchwad to review the progress of PCMC's proposed environment master plan, when the corporators targeted Pardeshi. The review meeting, attended by scores of leaders, corporators and civic officials at the Auto Cluster in Chinchwad went on for four hours.

Mayor Mohini Lande, MLAs Vilas Lande, Laxman Jagtap and Anna Bansode, NCP city unit president Yogesh Behl, standing chairman Jagdish Shetty, Additional Municipal Commissioner Prakash Kadam, Joint Municipal Commissioner Amrut Sawant and other civic officials were present in the meeting.

NCP corporators told Ajit Pawar that Pardeshi-led civic administration's drive against illegal constructions was causing immense damage to the party's reputation. They said the drive would affect the party's prospects in the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls. The corporators said the civic chief's was concentrating only on demolition drives and not caring about development works.

The Municipal Commissioner, not to be outdone, presented a detailed report to Pawar about funds spent on development projects in different wards which apparently forced the anti-Pardeshi corporators to cool down.

Yogesh Behl told this paper that the corporators complained to Pawar that Pardeshi was only holding meetings and carrying out demolition drives. "The corporators said there was massive water shortage in their wards, cleanliness had become a major issue, dog bite cases had increased...yet the municipal commissioner was talking only about illegal constructions and keeping officials busy in meetings. Ajit Pawar gave a patient hearing to the corporators," said Behl. "In his reply Pardeshi showed a comparison of capital expenditure made last year and this year. His figures showed how PCMC has spent more money on projects this year compared to last fiscal," he said.

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