Parliamentary standing committee on urban development (PSCUD) has suggested that the BRTS system plan for Pune as well as Pimpari Chinchwad which is still at the planning stage and must be immediately put on hold and further course of action should only be taken after detailed Consultation with the important stake-holders such as the commuters of the city.
This committee had visited Pune on 7th November .It was part of its study tour to Pune, Mumbai, Puri and Bhubaneshwar. Though committee was on three day study tour to Pune, it rapped up its visit in one and half day. Even media was kept away from that tour. It was also alleged that after rapping up study tour committee went on to Shirdi, though it was not scheduled in their tour.Ther was also criticism on committee's stay in five star hotel.
There are several controversial things in this report.i.e. When PSCUD says “that the BRTS system plan for Pune as well as Pimpri Chinchwad which is still at the planning stage must be immediately put on hold because they received numerous complaints from the average citizens where the BRTS system is proposed to be introduced but did not receive any satisfactory answers from the Government agencies to the problems envisaged by the commuters in Pune. And administration feels it has been saddled with a fait-accompli by way of the BRTS proposal and now does not know But what about Pimpri Chinchwad BRTS ?. Why it should be put on hold?how to disengage from it without loss of face”. But world bank says the Pimpri-Chinchwad BRT may serve as a model for replication across India. Who is right? World Bank or PSCUD. It is fact that there is no BRTS in its true terms in Pune.
PSCUD says there should be a town planner in each city and CEO should be an I.A.S officer. Then only town can be developed in a systematic manner. What is the logic?. Town planner one can understand but why CEO should be an IAS officer. Is this the only tribe in India that can save the country? In last 77 years they are the only people who have served (?) it. But what is the outcome?.
About JNNURM projects PSCUD says “feed back from the study tour of the Committee to Maharashtra and Orissa is that all these projects will remain incomplete after thousands of crores having been spent on these projects. It would be a monumental waste of public money”. But committee doesn’t go beyond that , it doesn’t fix or say anything about responsibility of such a mess.
Here is the report presented to loksabha and Rajyasabha on 18/12/2014 by committee
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