The Vimannagar Development Council (VNDC), the area’s mohalla committee, has expressed serious differences with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) over the construction of an eight-pillar pagoda that is coming up in the centre of Jogger’s Park in Vimannagar.
The residents, represented by the VNDC, are upset that the only patch of open green land in a concrete jungle of almost 130 registered housing societies will vanish after the construction of the pagoda.
They said this will destroy the designated play area for children under 6 years that existed from the park’s inception in 2003.
“There are many small societies, even right opposite the park, that have no gardens for children. How can the PMC take an overnight decision to construct a concrete structure in the middle of the park? It will lead to a congestion and reduction of the green zone,” said Shams Mithani, member of the VNDC.
The proposed pagoda plan is dated February 24 and the construction began almost immediately. Work was halted twice due to the intervention of VNDC members, but resumed on March 16.
Bhanudas Mane, zonal commissioner (II) who also had a long innings as the garden superintendent of the PMC, said that the structure was demanded by a section of people in the locality. However, he failed to specify who they were.
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