State government’s decision to incorporate 28 fringe villages within the limits of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) though welcomed by politicians, has only raised doubts in the minds of commoners whether the civic body would be able to take on the additional burden of providing basic amenities, when it is still struggling with areas under it at present.
Located on the city’s periphery, these villages have seen a meteoric rise in real estate projects, while basic infrastructure facilities such as water, roads and electricity are severely lacking in these places.
Of the 28 villages proposed to be included within the PMC limits, the administration has already been providing water to villages within 5 km of its periphery for many years, including Sus,Uruli Devachi, Khadakwasla and Mahalunge. However, villagers there had blamed the PMC for sending inflated water bills and refused to pay the accumulated water charges of Rs32 crore earlier this year.
Villagers of Uruli Devachi rely on water released from canals, which dries up during summer months, causing difficulties for them.
Villages such as Kondhwa Dhawade, Manjari, Ambegaon Pathare, Phursungi have seen a sudden rise in mega real estate projects. With a special economic zone being set up in Phursungi, real estate projects are only expected to rise in numbers. Also special townships have come up in Nanded, Mohammadwadi which has completely transformed the village landscape.
However, there seems to be no civic infrastructure in place, as residents constantly complain of pothole-ridden roads. For instance, in Narhe, which falls within a kilometre outside of the present PMC limits, housing societies complain of the bad condition of the connecting road to the city.