Words of hope
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'Better public transport, more low-cost housing'
I would like to see improvement in the public transport system as this is the need for the city to solve its traffic problems. The other main focus would be to encourage low-cost housing projects so that citizens from poor and middle classes are able to afford houses in the city. There is need to upgrade civic infrastructure and we would like to get them on track by getting approval for it under the phase two of JNNURM. The water issue is going to be more sensitive in the future and the civic administration will put in all efforts to have better management of water supply. We hope the citizens too contribute by ensuring proper use of water.
Mahesh Pathak, Commissioner, PMC
'Main thrust on e-governance, Aadhar-linked schemes'
I would want to ensure a transparent, speedy and quality redressal system of issues pertaining to administration in the coming year. With e-governance as the main thrust area, we would want to ensure minimum trouble for citizens when it comes to dealing with the district administration, especially pertaining to the Citizen's Facilitation Centre. This year, we would want citizens to benefit from our digitisation of land records programme and ensure that maximum people get their record of rights. With the state promoting 'government at your doorstep' programme, we will ensure that every taluka is covered in and maximum government schemes reach to people in the remote areas. Aadhar-linked schemes will be the major thrust this year.
Vikas Deshmukh, District Collector
'Safer roads, better infrastructure, more parking space'
Attempts to check fatal accidents involving two-wheelers and ensure pedestrian safety are going to be the key targets of the traffic control branch of Pune city police in 2013. A majority of the fatal accidents in the city involve motorcyclists. We would be working on controlling the problem. To reduce fatal accidents, there will be stern action against visible traffic violations and also equal focus on awareness drives. We have taken action against thousands of people for not wearing helmets. Many of those found talking on mobile phones while riding two-wheelers were booked. Also, in coordination with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), we would be coming with measures for safety of pedestrians in different parts of the city. Infrastructural development on roads, footpaths, junctions, signal crossings will be done with PMC's help. Parking space is shrinking in the city with an increase in the number of vehicles. The traffic control branch has proposed a pay-and-park scheme and we would be following it up strongly with the PMC.