Hinjawadi, 19th September 2023: Baramati Lok Sabha Constituency MP, Supriya Sule, has raised concerns over the inadequate infrastructure in villages surrounding Pune’s burgeoning IT hub. Sule emphasized the urgency of including these villages in the municipal corporation to alleviate population pressure and address the growing issues faced by residents.
Speaking during an interaction with residents of various societies in the Maan and Marunji areas near the IT Park, Supriya Sule stressed the need to halt the rapid urbanization of Hinjawadi, Maan, and Marunji areas. She called for the immediate inclusion of these villages in the Municipal Corporation to ensure comprehensive development.
Joining Sule in this discussion were prominent figures including former President of Zilla Parishad, Prof. Savita Dagde, party Taluk President Mahadev Kondhare, former Zilla Parishad member Swati Hulawle, and former Chairman Komal Sakhre. Hundreds of society residents and Marunji villagers, including notable individuals such as Samir Buchde, former Sarpanch Poonam Buchde, Krishna Buchde, Bhausaheb Nagwade, Deepak Tanwar, Ravi Awad, and Subhash Buchde, were also present.
The rapid urbanization of these areas has led to the development of numerous high-rise societies, but infrastructure has lagged behind. Traffic congestion is a significant issue, with commutes taking up to half an hour for just two kilometers. Encroachments on roads have increased, clean water supply is lacking, and residents are reliant on tankers. The waste management problem persists, with garbage collection services missing for up to four days. Street lighting, efficient drainage, electricity, and public transport facilities are also lacking. Residents lamented the absence of approach roads, PMPML bus connectivity, and necessary amenities despite higher taxes levied by the Gram Panchayat.
Supriya Sule addressed the concerns raised by residents and revealed complaints filed against builders, PMRDA, and Gram Panchayat regarding the absence of infrastructure. Deceptive practices by builders, unfulfilled commitments, and incomplete records were highlighted.
In response, Sule acknowledged the challenges faced by homeowners and pledged to work with builders, PMRDA, and the District Collector to find solutions. She noted that residents often fall victim to builders who prioritize profit over promised amenities. She emphasized the need for proper planning, especially given the historical absence of residential planning when IT establishments were initiated in the area.
While expressing support for the Pune Metro project, Sule criticized the timing of its implementation. She argued that, if in power, she would prioritize basic infrastructure development before introducing public transportation systems. Sule emphasized the importance of addressing road and infrastructure issues as a priority before considering the Metro project.
Supriya Sule’s remarks highlight the pressing need for comprehensive infrastructure development in Pune’s IT belt and the importance of addressing residents’ concerns for a more livable and sustainable environment.