Pune Municipal Corporation
Pune Munincipal Corporation
Puṇe Mahānagarpālikā (Marathi)
|Founded||15 February 1950|
|Preceded by||Pune Municipal Council (1857-1950)|
|21 February 2017|
|February 2022 (expected)|
|"वरं जनहितं ध्येयम" (Sanskrit)|
Varam janahitam dhyeyama (IAST)
"For welfare of the public"
|PMC Building, Shivajinagar, Pune|
|Pune Municipal Corporation|
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC, Marathi (IAST): पुणे महानगरपालिका, Puṇe Mahānagarpālikā) is the civic body that governs Pune, India. It is in charge of the civic needs and infrastructure of the metropolis, which is spread over an area of 331.26 sq. km. and has 3.4 million residents. Established on 15 February 1950, the executive power of the PMC is vested in the Municipal Commissioner, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer appointed by the Government of Maharashtra. The position is held by Shekhar Gaikwad, IAS since April 2018.The general body of the PMC consists of 162 directly elected councilors, popularly known as "corporators", headed by a mayor. Murlidhar Mohol (BJP) was elected as the mayor and Saraswati Shendge (BJP) as the deputy mayor by the newly elected general body in March 2017. The land for Pune Municipal Corporation was donated by Bhausaheb Shirole who was second Mayor of Pune and later became an MLC.
The city comes under the Pune District, Maharashtra. The Collector is in charge of property records and revenue collection for the Central government. Appointed by the State government, the Collector also function as the election officer and conducts general as well as state elections in the city. The Pune City Police is the law enforcement agency in the city and answers to the Ministry of Home Affairs of the GoM. It is headed by a Police Commissioner, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer.
In July 2017, eleven villages surrounding the city were merged in PMC bringing an additional area of 80.7 sq. km. and a population of 278,000 under the civic body's jurisdiction. PMC now governs a total area of 331.26 sq. km. The merged villages include: Uruli Devachi, Phursungi, Bavdhan Budruk, Lohegaon (remaining), Hadapsar (Sadesatra Nali), Mundhwa (Keshavnagar area), Shivane (remaining), Dhayari (remaining), Undri, Ambegaon Khurda and Ambegaon Budruk. This merger was preceded by the merger of 23 villages in 1997.
To serve citizens better, PMC has taken initiative for e-Governance. Presently a few big corporations like Persistent Systems are lending help for developing the E-governance system, as a part of their social service initiative. A public-private partnership is perceived to bring tremendous changes in the future.
The major responsibility of PMC is to look after the civic and infrastructural needs of the citizens. The administration consists of two major branches: the executive branch headed by the Municipal Commissioner and the deliberative branch headed by the Mayor.
The executive branch is headed by the Municipal Commissioner appointed by the State government from the Indian Administrative Service for a term not exceeding three years according to Section 36 of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949. Additional Municipal Commissioner(s) assist the Municipal Commissioner in the administration of the departments deputed to them. As of April 2018, there are three Additional Commissioners supervising the general, special and estate administration of the city. Each of these categories consist of several departments. The Municipal Commissioner also serves on the boards of directors of the two public transport companies, PMPML and MahaMetro.
For the convenience of administration, the city is divided into five zones each headed by a Deputy Municipal Commissioner. Each zone consists of three ward offices (Marathi: क्षेत्रिय कार्यालय, IAST: Kṣhetriya Kāryālay) overseen by an Assistant Municipal Commissioner. A ward office typically has jurisdiction over more than one election ward. Ward offices not only coordinate major civic projects in their respective areas but also deal with minor works such as maintenance and repair. Residents can avail municipal services at their local ward office eliminating the need to visit the PMC headquarters.
The deliberative branch is the elected branch of the PMC headed by the Mayor. The city is divided into 41 multi-member wards (Marathi: प्रभाग, IAST: Prabhāg), 39 of which are represented by four corporators each while two are represented by three corporators each. Thus, the general body of the PMC consists of 162 corporators. They are elected for a five year term by adult franchise in municipal elections. All major political parties active in the state contest the elections.
The corporators elect the Mayor, a ceremonial position with limited duties who acts as an ambassador and representative of the city, as well as a Deputy Mayor. The corporators approve the city budget and act as watchdogs on implementation of policy by the staff under the Municipal Commissioner.
The corporators form several committees which deliberate on various issues. At present, PMC has the following subject committees: Law, City Development, Women and Child Welfare, and Sports. The Standing Committee is the perhaps the most important committee of the PMC formed according to Section 20 of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949. It consists of 16 members headed by a President appointed at the first meeting of the newly elected Corporation, half of whom retire every succeeding year. A new President is also appointed every year. The Standing Committee along with 15 ward committees are together responsible for financial approvals.
|Municipal Commissioner||Shekhar Gaikwad||January 2020||Appointed by the GoM|
|Commissioner of Police||Dr K Venkatesham||August 2018|
|Mayor||Murlidhar Mohol (BJP)||November 2019||Elected|
|Deputy Mayor||Saraswati Shendge (BJP)||November 2019|
|Leader of the House||Shrinath Bhimale (BJP)||March 2017|
|President of the Standing Committee||Yogesh Mulik (BJP)||March 2018|
|S.No.||Party name||Party flag or symbol||Coalition||Number of Corporators|
|1||Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)||NDA||26||97*|
|3||Republican Party of India (Athavale)
|NDA||2||*Ran as BJP/RPI (2 seats)|
|2||Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)||UPA
|4||Indian National Congress (Congress)||UPA||28||09|
|6||Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS)||-||29||02|
|7||All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM)||-||Did not contest||01|
Municipal Elections were held on 21 February 2017 to elect a total of 162 councillors in 41 wards. The BJP won an absolute majority in the 2017 elections, marking the first time the city got a mayor from the party. Mukta Tilak (BJP) was elected as the mayor and Navanth Kamble (RPI (A)) as the deputy mayor by the newly elected general body in March 2017. Tilak is the first member of the BJP to hold the position. Following Kamble's demise while in office, Siddharth Dhende of the RPI (A) was elected as the deputy mayor in June 2017.
The demise of the Deputy Mayor Navnath Kamble (RPI (A)) in May 2017 necessitated by-elections in the Koregaon Park-Ghorpadi ward. The RPI (A) retained the seat with Himali Kamble elected as the new councillor. Another round of bypolls was held on 4 April 2018 following the death of ex-mayor Chanchala Kodre NCP , who was elected in 2017 from the Mundhwa-Magarpatta ward. NCP retained the seat and Puja Kodre was elected as the new councillor.
Municipal elections were held on 16 February 2012 to elect a total of 152 councillors in 76 wards (2 per ward). Vaishali Bankar (NCP) and Deepak Mankar (Congress) were elected as the Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively.
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