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MLAs, MLCs to agitate for city’s development
ST Correspondent | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 AT 02:48 PM IST
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PUNE: Cutting across party lines, MLAs from all political parties in the State will come together on the pending development issues of the city. MLAs will stage dharna in front of the Council Hall in the city on December 5. This was decided in the meeting of MLAs organised by the Sakal Media Group in view of the forthcoming Winter session of the State Legislature.

The MLA and MLCs who attended the meeting included Girish Bapat of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Neelam Gorhe of Shiv Sena, Mohan Joshi of Congress, Madhuri Misal and Bhimrao Tapkir of BJP, Chandrakant Mokate of Shiv Sena, Anil Bhosale and Jaidev Gaikwad of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Dipti Chaudhary of the Congress. Editor of Sakal Pune, Malhar Arankalle and Resident Editor Nandkumar Sutar were also present for the meeting.

Issues related to transport, water supply, slum rehabilitation, metro, etc, were discussed. Some issues are pending since many years. Dharna will be staged to pressurise the government to solve these issues within a stipulated period. The agitation will be held from 11 am to 1 pm. Ramesh Bagwe, Vinayak Nimhan and Sharad Ranpise of the Congress, Mahadev Babar of Shiv Sena and Bapu Pathare of the NCP have also supported the decision.

Neelam Gorhe said, "All the MLAs from the city will collectively call for attention motion on the issues related to urban development. We are trying for a meeting with the chief minister and the deputy chief minister on the issues for the past one year. The ministers give positive replies in the House but no final decision has been taken yet."

Girish Bapat said that the issue to set up the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) was being raised in every session since last 6-7 years. "Some issue are very serious. We get assurance when they are raised repeatedly but nothing is done. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar should collectively take a decision on some of the issues," he added.

Mohan Joshi said that he had been following the issue of rules and regulations of Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA). "The chief minister had assured to declare it before August 15. I wrote to the ministry several times. The rules and regulations for Mumbai are in place. For Pune, the process is in the last phase and it will be declared before the Winter session," he said. Even Bhosale said that he was following up the issue and the decision was expected soon.


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