PUNE: Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Friday said the state government would take the final call on whether the PMC or the PMRDA would prepare the development plan for the 23 villages recently merged with the civic limits.

He said the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had the right to pass a resolution about the DP, but the state government would finally decide what would be done.

Pawar’s comment comes a day after the general body of the PMC approved the civic administration’s proposal to prepare the draft DP for the 23 villages recently merged with the municipal limits despite the state entrusting Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) with the task. The state government had on Wednesday issued a notification stating that the PMRDA would draft the development plan for the 23 villages.

“I won’t say anything about who should prepare the DP, as there are some disagreements over this and the PMC has the right to pass a resolution. But whoever prepares the DP, it should be done keeping in mind the next 50-100 years. The plan should be done with thoughts and reservations for public places such as schools, graveyards, crematoriums and grounds,” Pawar said.

“If it comes to light that any one is using their rights in an unfair manner, the state can intervene. Besides, there is the high court as well,” he added

On state Congress president Nana Patole’s recent comments on the party’s stand on elections, Pawar said, “Senior Congress leaders such as Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan have clarified that the (MVA) alliance is working together. Patole also echoed similar sentiments later.”

A week after NCP president Sharad Pawar dismissed his remarks that the Congress would contest future elections on its own, Patole on Wednesday said NCP had “betrayed” the Congress in the 2014 assembly elections. As a result, Patole said, the Congress had geared up to contest the 2024 general and assembly elections on its own.

Pawar refuted media reports that he had discussed this issue with CM Uddhav Thackeray and also that the Zoting Commission report had indicted NCP leader Eknath Khadse in a land deal. He said the state has not yet received the report .

On the proposed airport in Purandar, he said details would be shared when the land was finalised. Pawar also cleared Rs695 crore under the District Planning and Development Committee (DPDC) and directed the departments concerned to use the funds for various development projects. The state government had in April decided to impose a 30% cut on funds allotted for DPDC funds and use the amount in the pandemic management.

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