Pune: Koregaon Park (KP) may be one of the elite localities of the city, but when it comes to ignoring problems, the Pune Municipal Corporation does not discriminate between high localities and low localities. Be it road digging, broken footpaths, encroachments or stinking nullahs, the KP has it all. The Koregaon Park Mohalla Sudhar Samiti has written 17 letters to the PMC to catch its attention to these problems, but none of the PMC officials has given any positive response to address these problems.
Most of the celebrities, businessmen have their houses in Koregaon Park. The Osho commune is located in the same area and attracts a lot of foreign tourists in the area. However, according to the local residents, the civic administration is apathetic towards solving the problems related to basic infrastructure.
President of Koregaon Park Mohalla Sudhar Samiti Lt Gen (Retd) D B Shekatkar said, “We have a list of problems that Koregaon Park residents are facing. Most of these problems are related to basic infrastructure. I have written as many as 17 letters to the PMC officials asking them to address our problems, but yet to receive any positive response from them.”
“Encroachment on lanes and the footpaths not only causes inconvenience to local citizens but is also a serious security threat, considering the German Bakery blast which had taken place in the same area. Basements of many societies in the area are being used for commercial purposes or for carrying out illegal activities. The ward officers should visit the area at least once a week, but we do not see such regular visits by the officials.”
Even in terms of basic infrastructure, the residents are blaming PMC officials for not paying enough attention. The residents claimed that though the area is considered to be elite, it has problems like stinking nullah, road digging and broken footpaths. Satish Vete, one of the KP residents said, “There are nullahs flowing across the Koregaon Park area and the PMC had promised to clean them, but they have not done that and as a result, the entire area is stinking. We have also asked for speed breakers at certain locations where educational institutes are located, but PMC did not do anything regarding this. Apart from that, there is not a single fire station for the area and if there is a fire outbreak, the fire tenders will have to be called from Pune station area which takes time to reach here.”
When contacted, Sandip Dhole, Dhole- Patil Road ward officer regarding the problems listed by citizens, he said, “Regarding nullah stinking, we will clean the nullah before monsoon. I will instruct my staff to inspect the area regarding any encroachments and broken footpaths and necessary action will be taken.”