Pune: These Villages Included In PMC Will Get Streetlights After Four Years

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Pune, 10th November 2021: After the Maharashtra state government included 11 villages in the Pune municipal corporation (PMC) area in 2017, the civic body is facing the challenge of providing basic facilities in these villages.



Four years after the villages came under PMC, they have taken steps to provide lighting in this area and it is estimated that street lights will be installed in each village for Rs 21 lakhs. Garbage is also currently being picked up in the area and road works are expected to start in the near future, the administration said.



The 11 villages that are included in the PMC are Uruli Devachi, Fursungi, Lohgaon (remaining), Shivne (Uttamnagar), Mundhwa (remaining Keshavnagar), Hadapsar (Sadesatranali), Shivne, Ambegaon (Khurd), Ambegaon (Budruk), Undri, and Dhayari. Two corporators have also been selected for these villages. But these villages are still far from development.



PMC has provided Rs 21 lakh for each village for lighting systems on major roads in 11 villages. This will include installation of new poles in the villages, installation of LED lights, purchase of electricity meters for them, and other works. No new streetlights have been installed in the area for the last four years. The lamps installed by the Gram Panchayat were being maintained and repaired by the Municipal Corporation. However, now the corporation has started the process to install new lights.



In June, the state government included 23 border villages in the municipal corporation. But there is not much funding in the budget to spend in the villages. Currently, only maintenance and repair costs are incurred for infrastructure. After these villages came under PMC, the civic body had given Rs four crores to MSEDCL and started street lights here. Work on the same method is currently underway. We will have to wait till the next budget for other works including new roads, new street lights.



Chief Engineer, Electrical Department, Srinivas Kundul said, “New lighting systems will be installed in 11 villages and the process is underway. Funds of Rs 21 lakhs are available for each village and work will be done on major roads. At present, maintenance and repair work will be done in 23 villages”.