Only 103 people showed up for the 1st Jan Samvad of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation

The ‘Jan Samvad’ organized by the Municipality of Pimpri-Chinchwad drew a backlash from the first day on Monday, with only 103 residents showing up with grievances and suggestions. The population of Pimpri-Chinchwad is 27 lakh.

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The PCMC decided to organize the ‘Jan Samvad’ every Monday to collect the complaints and suggestions of the inhabitants in civic matters. The Jan Samvad is organized when the five-year term of the corporators has ended and the state government has appointed the municipal commissioner as an administrator. It has set up a kind of “parallel machinery” to ensure that citizens’ problems are taken care of first.

Additional City Commissioner Vikas Dhakane said, “We received 103 suggestions and complaints during the Jan Samvad, which was held in eight zonal offices today.”

Dhakane said residents who showed up filed complaints about lack of water, drainage issues, garbage collection and tax issues. “I will discuss issues with zonal offices in a meeting at PCMC headquarters on Tuesday. Issues that they cannot address at zonal office level will be dealt with at PCMC level,” he said .

After that, the administrator will hold a meeting with officials and try to resolve issues that could not be resolved during the meeting, Dhakane said.

Meanwhile, at Area “C” office in Nehrunagar, only seven people showed up to make suggestions and complaints. Deputy City Commissioner Anna Bodade said: ‘The numbers were low as it was day one and a working day. We will suggest the administrator to hold Jan Samvad on Thursday when it is an industrial festival in Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Complaints received included clogged drainage pipes, low water pressure, traffic jams, lack of speed bumps and polluted rivers, Bodade said. Most complaints were about potholes and the water supply.

Melissa C. Keyes