With Ajit Pawar being sworn in again as the Maharashtra deputy chief minister, the twin township of Pimpri Chinchwad, where the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) rules the municipal corporation, is now looking forward to various development projects here being expedited.
Pawar has been taking keen interest in civic projects to develop Pimpri-Chinchwad as a model city in the country. However, his resignation from the state cabinet had slowed down several projects.
These projects include laying pipeline to lift water from Pavana dam, lifting water from Andra dam, developing bus rapid transit system (BRTS) and metro, upgrading the health department plan, developing city centre and securing funds under phase II of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). With Pawar back in the cabinet, these project are slated to get a new boost.
Reacting to Ajit Pawar’s comeback in the cabinet, former NCP mayor and leader of the house Mangla Kadam said, “Ajit Pawar’s return to the cabinet will speed up the development works in the twin township. He has been taking keen interest in the development of Pimpri-Chinchwad and pushing for projects such as the international exhibition centre, international airport and preparing master tourism plan for Pimpri-Chinchwad. He has even shown us the blueprint of the city plan, and now we are sure it will be finalised after the winter session.”
Ajit Pawar’s move of taking strong action against unauthorised constructions in the twin township was also welcomed by the citizens. Notwithstanding strong opposition from his own party leaders, Pawar has been firm on carrying out demolitions as per the high court order. The drive that had slowed down after his resignation is also expected to gain momentum now.