Pune: Keshavnagar Residents To Form Association To Put Forth Grievances; Voter Registration Drive To Begin Soon

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Pune, 5th November 2022: Fed up with the apathy shown by the authorities, Keshavnagar residents have decided to become united to solve problems of roads, water supply and street lights among others.

In 2017, Keshavnagar merged with Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). However, things have not changed for the citizens even though they pay over Rs 100 crores in taxes.

Now the citizens have decided to form Keshavnagar Residents Welfare Association to put forth their grievances before the government authorities.

They will also launch campaigns for voter registration as well as awareness protests through posters outside their societies.

Vikas Singh of Godrej Infinity society said, “Builders have built buildings promising to build roads and provide water supply. However, the authorities have abandoned us. Earlier, Keshavnagar was in Gram Panchayat and it merged with the PMC in 2017. The civic body earns revenue of over Rs 100 crores from this area but it has also turned a blind eye.”

Pankaj Saxena, Chairman, Godrej Infinity society added, “How PMC has given Occupancy Certificate (OC) when they have not provided basic amenities like road, water, street lights, drainage etc. There is a nexus between PMC and builders hence the civic body is not serious. We are spending over Rs 12 lakh per month on water tankers as PMC is not providing water.”

“We are now making people aware of the value of the vote. All residents are being asked to get themselves registered as voters which will give us weightage in putting our demands before the concerned authorities,” Saxena added further.

Ranjit Lonkar, Chairman, Venkatesh Graffiti explained that “It takes one hour to travel from our society to Magarpatta which is just four kilometres away. I have been living in this area since childhood. In the last 10 years, more than 10,000 flats have been built but roads have remained the same. Also, PMC is not providing proper service hence our society is spending Rs 50,000 per month on the garbage disposal. Even after six years, PMC has not prepared a development plan for the area.” 

Suresh Singh Goud, Secretary, Godrej Infinity society, said, “There are no proper roads or street lights in the area which is dangerous from a law and order point. We must use the Right To Information (RTI) Act to get information about the spending by the PMC. Citizens should be aware of the local PMC ward office, and traffic police so that they should be immediately informed about any issue.”

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