Posted On Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 09:08:01 AM
Additional municipal commissioner Naresh Zurmure, an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, was singled out for criticism by Vandana Chavan, newly-elected Rajya Sabha MP and city president of ruling Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), as also senior Congress corporator, Aba Bagul.
While Chavan highlighted the inefficiency of PMC’s gardening department, the charge of which Zurmure handled single-handedly till recently, in providing a green cover to the city while Bagul blamed him for the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) refusal to recognise the Rajiv Gandhi E-learning School.
|Green cover in the city is only 13 per cent when it should be 33 per cent
Zurmure joined Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) as chief garden superintendent in December, 2010. Since he was given additional charge of the administration as AMC recently, the responsibility of garden department was transferred to deputy municipal commissioner Sunil Kesari. Chavan criticised the garden department for its shoddy management in the backdrop of this development.
Chavan made her observations against Zurmure during an interaction with the media which happened in the presence of Mayor Vaishali Bankar, leader of house Subhash Jagtap and NCP spokesman Ankush Kakde. She was reviewing PMC’s plans for tree plantation during monsoon in a separate meeting attended by Zurmure and officials of forest department.
Launching a scathing attack on Zurmure for the lack of green cover in the city, Chavan said, “The green cover in the city is only 13 per cent when ideally it should have been 33. While the PMC is lagging on this front, the NGOs have been at the forefront for developing greenery in the city and the work done by them is visible to all.”
“PMC has failed to draw a plan to develop green cover in the city. The civic body is required to plant about 1.25 lakh trees every year while it has planned the plantation of only 10,000 trees. The officials don’t even know that the trenches for tree plantation have to be dug during summer and not in monsoon which they have proposed,” remarked an amused Chavan.
Chavan later revealed that she asked the civic body to prepare a green plan by August 15 to develop green cover for the city. She also asked the administration to elicit the help of the NGOs who are leading the initiative of developing a green cover on hills.
Meanwhile, Congress corporator Aba Bagul, in a press conference, held Zurmure responsible for the mess created in the much-awaited recognition of PMC’s e-learning school by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
While, Zurmure is dealing with the issue, Bagul said that the administration has created chaos about recognition of the school. Bagul said, “It was Zurmure’s responsibility to remove the deficiencies pointed out by CBSE instead he created a mess.
He delegated the responsibility of dealing with CBSE to another officer instead of the one who has followed up the issue since the beginning. Zurmure should clarify what steps he has taken to remove the deficiencies.”
Bagul ended up demanding an administrative inquiry to nail the officials who created a situation which led CBSE to turn down RGELS’s request for recognition.
► PMC has failed to draw a plan to develop green cover... it is required to plant about 1.25 lakh trees every year, while it has planned for only 10,000 trees
- Vandana Chavan, City President, NCP
► It was Zurmure’s responsibility to remove the deficiencies pointed out by CBSE. Instead he created a mess. He should clarify what steps he has taken
- Aba Bagul, Senior Congress Corporator