PCMC work hit as 15 GB meetings cancelled in eight months
When contacted, Municipal Commissioner Dr Shrikar Pardeshi refused to comment, but conceded that frequent adjournments had affected work.
Five-time corporator and NCP Pimpri-Chinchwad president Yogesh Behl said corporators are agitated as the civic administration is refusing to take a humanitarian view. "People spend their lifetime's earning to build a house. If the administration is not going to care, people will obviously get agitated. Corporators are raising people's cause," he said.
Stating that nobody was against the civic chief or the work he was doing, Behl said if the administration was demolishing houses, it should either provide compensation or alternative space to the aggrieved. "The administration should also wait till the CM and Deputy CM hold a meeting on illegal constructions and give their decision."
When contacted, Mayor Mohini Lande, who presides over civic general body meetings, conceded that 15 GB meetings have been adjourned in last eight months. "The reasons are many, the prime being illegal construction. If the administration takes corporators into confidence, the general body meetings can take place. Otherwise, no meeting will take place," she said, adding that February 11 meeting will also not take place if the administration does not stop the demolition.
Shiv Sena house leader Shrirang Barne said both the administration and MLAs are at fault. "While MLAs are resorting to theatrics, the administration shows it does not care for the people," he said. Both Barne and Behl said there was nothing significant on GB agenda in the last 15 months, a charge denied by the administration.