“The Pune Municipal Corporation has approved the Pune Metro Plan as per the DMRC report without any independent study and without taking the people into confidence. The metro is a costly project and with a long term irreversible commitment. Hence, citizens expect complete transparency before any final decision is taken as per the DMRC report. As the PMC has not undertaken any public outreach and informed the people about the project and its implications, we have launched Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyan,” said Prashant Inamdar, co-convenor of the Abhiyan.
“The main purpose of the Abhiyan is to create public awareness about the metro proposal so that people understand what is being planned and what will be the impact. This would help them form a considered opinion and decide whether they want the metro as planned in the present format,” Inamdar said.
Among other things, the activists plan to to conduct mass awareness campaigns like workshops for volunteers who would further hold meetings in their neighbourhoods/organisations/offices/ institutions, to empower citizens to give presentations regarding the metro proposal. A citizen-friendly power point presentation capsules has been prepared to launch a mass signature campaign for citizens who wish to object to the project and to interact and correspond with elected representatives, political leaders, central, state and local administration and impress upon them the problems in the present metro proposal. “We are holding the first unique Pune Metro citizen orientation workshop on Monday between 6 pm and 7.30 pm at Moolgavkar Hall, ICC Centre, Senapati Bapat Road. We are holding the workshop in association with Janwani,” Inamdar said.
Among the main demands of the Abhiyan are that the government should not give approval to the present Pune Metro plan, the PMC should not float any tenders or award work orders for metro in its present form. Independent appraisal and scrutiny of DMRC report should be done by technical experts with active participation of citizen groups, formation of Pune Metro Citizen Committee comprising of experts, citizen groups, and PMC officers, public meetings (similar to Lok Adalat) should be organised by PMC and civic officers should answer all questions and doubts put forth by citizens, integrated master plan for traffic and transportation for Pune Metropolitan Region (PMC, PCMC) should be prepared considering various mobility options and transport modes before taking any decision in the matter of mass transport systems like Metro final decision should be taken only in consultation with the public.
* The government should not approve the project plan in its present form
* The PMC should not float any tenders or award work orders for project in its present form
* Technical experts should do independent appraisal and scrutiny of DMRC report
* Formation of Pune Metro Citizen Committee
* PMC should organise public meetings and civic officers should answers queries from citizens and clear their doubts
* An integrated master plan for traffic and transportation for Pune Metropolitan Region
I can't understand why some body can't see the big picture. Current traffic condition and infrastructure in Pune is horrendous, and some people want to stall what ever progress government is trying to do. Great ! So because commuter will have problem during construction so stopped Metro rail development - what an amazing idea Some trees has to be cut so lets not build the system altogether, what an mind boggling idea. Guys wake as such we have worst traffic and number of vehicle is not reducing and look at pollution level. If not in the present form then in which form it should be implements. Please don't be speed breaker in the development effort but try to be a catalyst. We need this kind of facility yesterday and its already too late the more its delayed more difficult it will be later. Please please try to speed up development. As far as cutting trees is concerned lest see how to plant 10 trees in lieu of each trees that is cut down.