Pune : More than 300 residents participate in human chain on NIBM road to demand civic amenities

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More than 300 residents of NIBM road, Kondhwa, Undri, Mohamadwadi participated in the protest organized today to draw Pune Municipal Corporation’s attention to the increasing problems of the area. The unity shown by the residents expressed the anger against the civic body over the negligence shown on developing the area despite being the PMC jurisdiction.

Residents of NIBM road, Mohamadwadi, Undri, Pisoli, took to the streets demanding pothole free roads, garbage free neighbourhood, drinking water supply, basic civic amenities. The recent fatal accident that took place outside the Palace Orchards society on NIBM road led to the agitation by the residents demanding congestion free and accessible roads.

K K Kaul, a resident of NIBM road stated that it’s high time we get accessible roads in the area. Many fatal accidents have taken place on this stretch of the road.

Runway Daffodils resident Vinu Raj complained that this area needs urgent attention from the PMC in respect to safety of roads, drinking water, safe and clean air and other amenities.  I have been living here for six years and the dependency on tankers is just increasing. The air is polluted. 

Farida Tamboli, a Princetown Royal society said, “Road, water, safety, inflated tax bills, you name it and we are surrounded by problems. Absolutely no attention from the PMC.” 

Astinder Parekh, Palace Orchards stated that the pathetic Road conditions is what drove us to the protest. Fatal accidents on this road have become a common incident on this road. 

Prashant Ruparel, a resident of Princetown Royal informed that driving on this road is full of fear. It’s a major concern for all of us to be safe but how can we be when the basic facility is not in place. 

PMC officials who came to the protest area assured that an action would soon be taken and concerned department will be informed.

Alka Kapoor, Vice chairman, NIBM Road Residents Forum stated that the authorities need to plan out major transformation in the area. Encroachments, water supply, safe and accessible roads, waste management are some of our pending demands for the last two decades now.

Rajendra Bhintade, a social activist from Undri informed that the residents have been demanding their rights. Be it water, drainage, road and safety and security. PMC must provide them all as they have been paying taxes honestly.

Another resident of Undri and secretary of Undri Residents Association Jayashree Ganesh urged that despite raising issues several times there has been no respite. We are fighting for our rights demanding potable drinking water, safe and accessible roads, safety and proper waste management practises. Is it so difficult to get so basic facilities even after paying taxes honestly for so many years.

A resident of Kumar Princetown Sarojini Swamy stated that even after living in the area for so many years, citizens are deprived of their basic rights. What is the use of paying so high taxes ? What as a tax payer are we getting in return ?

It was indeed a big outcry of the residents who turned up in large numbers today to express their disappointment and anger towards the Pune Municipal Corporation over the negligence on developing this side of Pune city. Citizens are hoping that with this protest the civic authorities wake up and take up drastic decisions to bring solution to the problems.