The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) is in the process of drafting the development plan for villages in its jurisdiction.
“The civic body has the rights and power to prepare the DP for areas under its jurisdiction. We will use it and draft the plan for 23 merged villages,” said Ganesh Bidkar, leader of the house in PMC, while addressing a news conference.
The draft notification for merger of these villages has been issued and suggestions and objections sought. The area of PMC is likely to increase to 480sqkm with this merger.
A decision to merge 34 fringe villages in civic areas was first taken in 2013-14. The civic body merged 11 villages – two fully and remaining partly in PMC areas in 2017.