Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde reached out to the voters here by promising a slew of development measures aimed at changing the city's face for the goodAmong other things, Munde promised that approving metro rail project for Pune city will be among the first decisions to be taken by the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance, if voted to power in the state. The detailed project report (DPR) for metro in Pune is ready by the state government's all important approval has been pending for long time now.
Munde said, "We will also raise an independent 500 or 1,000 MW power project and will construct new dams for Pune city. Similarly, an independent slum rehabilitation authority (SRA) will be commissioned for the city on lines of Mumbai." Almost 50 per cent of Pune's population lives in slums but the Congress-NCP has failed to address their problems, he said.
Munde singled out the state government's largesse to a lake city project near Pune by way of diverting dam waters, meant for the city, to the project. "Had the government taken this much effort for Pune, the city would have been a heaven by now," he said.
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