When the PMC staff-politician nexus was exposed


In the civic corridors and beyond, it is widely believed and discussed that the "nexus" between politicians and civic staff has proved a stumbling block for the city's development. The year 2012 exposed this nexus as an illegal construction that was coming up even as civic officials looked the other way collapsed at Taljai, killing nine persons. The incident triggered an alarm over the worsening condition of the city due to the mushrooming illegal constructions.

Fearing repercussions over negligence in performing duties, the civic administration intensified its drive against illegal constructions but later slowed it down as the uproar over the issue thinned out. The arrest of a former corporator and suspension of the civic engineer amplified how things could go wrong when politician-civic staff nexus thrives.

The civic administration claims that the drive is still on, but most of it is restricted to clearing tin sheds and small huts. It has failed to complete the structural audit of buildings in the Taljai area where the structure collapsed.

Political parties in the PMC too displayed their "affection" for illegal constructions with the Shiv Sena taking out a morcha against the drive while all parties led by the ruling NCP made a provision in the draft development plan to protect the small structures.

Extension of city limits

The rapid pace of growth compelled the state government to start the process for inclusion of 28 more surrounding villages to be included in the PMC area. It came as shock in the civic circles as the state government made its intention public without waiting for the PMC's response, making it one of the largest local bodies in the state. Though the corporators failed to convey their opinion to the government on time, the civic administration gave its favourable response while demanding more water, manpower and funds for the purpose.

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