Pune Municipal Commissioner Nitin Kareer has announced that citizens can give written applications suggesting developmental works in their wards to the extent of Rs 15 lakhs.
The application forms which include space for name, address and other details are available at all 14 ward offices. The form explains how citizens can make suggestions for development work, based on which they can give their own suggestions.
These applications should be submitted at the ward offices in the next 15 days. So the last date should be around 2 nd March 2007. To be on the safer side, plan to submit by end of Feb 2007.
The commissioner also said that a meeting will be conducted between the civic administration and citizens to finalise the suggestions and prioritise the works. To help citizens keep a follow-up on the works suggested by them, a time-table of tenders, work order and deadlines will also be released along with the budget.
I checked egovpmc.com to see if the form is available online, it isn’t. I also tried to find the addresses and contact details of the various ward offices but even that info isn’t available online. I could only find the list of wards stated below. Will add the contact details for the ward offices if and when I do find them. I believe my area (Bhandarkar Road) comes under the Ghole Road ward office.
- BANK OF MAHARASTRA
- BHAVANI PETH
- BIBWE WADI
- CHANDAN NAGAR
- COSMOS BANK
- DHOLE PATIL ROAD
- GHOLE ROAD
- KARVE ROAD
- KASBA PETH
- SAHAKAR NAGAR
- SANGAM WADI
- TILAK ROAD
- VADGAON BK
- VISHRAMBAUG WADA
This new initiative to involve citizens in the development of the city is certainly a good one.
The PMC’s track record when it comes to development activities and fulfilling promises is undoubtedly very bad. However citizens in a democratic setup like ours still need to keep the faith and make good use of such citizen participation policies.