Decision to exclude Uruli Devachi and Fursungi from PMC is political; will move court and agitate if decision comes into force, say villagers

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Pune : Deccan Express Pune PMC News | The decision to exclude Uruli Devachi and Fursungi villages from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and make them independent municipalities is purely political. Former minister Vijay Shivtare hatched this plan for the benefit of some businessmen and to avenge his defeat. The demand of the majority of villagers from both the villages is to reduce the property tax rates and keep the villages under the PMC. Requesting that a referendum should be held in this regard, Uruli Devachi and Fursungi villagers warned, in a press conference, that they would launch a massive agitation, besides fighting a legal battle. (Pune PMC News)


On behalf of the villagers, former Sarpanch Ulhas Shitole, Vilas Bhadale, Rajendra Bazare, Aniruddha Pachpute, Ganesh Shewale, Vishal Bhadale, Jitendra Tiwari strongly opposed the decision to exclude the villages in a press conference held at the Patrakar Bhavan. In 2017, when Devendra Fadnavis was the Chief Minister, 11 villages, including Uruli Devachi and Fursungi, were included in the PMC. Also, during his tenure as Deputy Chief Minister, the process of making these villages independent municipalities has been started. Vijay Shivtare, the Minister of State in Fadnavis’ then cabinet, was representing this constituency. He is taking revenge on the villagers after his defeat in the 2019 elections. For this reason, joining hands with a handful of businessmen who have been affected by increased property tax, he worked to exclude these two villages from the municipal corporation by requesting Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.


“With inclusion in the Municipal Corporation, the citizens affected by the garbage depot have started getting better facilities. If it becomes a municipality, it will take another five to six years to start its administration. Planned development will be possible here due to the TP scheme conducted by the Municipal Corporation. The standard of living of citizens will be raised by increasing the land rates. But if the municipality is made, both these villages will be destroyed. That’s why, we demand that the villages should be within the PMC, only the PMC should reduce the property tax of the 34 villages, including these two villages. We have also gone to court. We are drawing the attention of the government and the municipal administration to the fact that the problem will not be solved by excluding the villages, but will only worsen and the villagers will fall into trouble,” they said.


The villagers said, “The municipal corporation should not decide to exclude villages as per the government order. It should not take policy decisions without the approval of the elected corporators, this is our request to the municipal commissioners and administrators. We appeal that before approving the proposal to exclude the villages, we want a referendum to be conducted in both the villages.”



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