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Sakal’s one-sided presentation of the Metro debate and Democratic Processes

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The Metro proposal for Pune has been mired in controversy from the very beginning. The DMRC Report is not only found wanting on many issues, but even the case for a Metro has not been made. (Parisar has sent a letter to the Urban Development Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra to this effect) This has, not surprisingly, led to various citizen groups (under the banner of Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyan, PMJA) taking up the issue and essentially saying – we need answers to questions before the Metro proposal is approved by the General Body of the PMC.

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Parisar position on Pune's metro proposal

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Pune's proposal for a metro has been in the news lately as various citizen's groups have raised questions and voiced objections about the way there has been an attempt to push the proposal through without a public debate. A broad-based citizens' coalition called Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyan (PMJA) has been formed that is leading the campaign against the currently proposed metro.While Parisar agrees with all the questions raised by PMJA, it believes there are more fundamental questions that remain unanswered.

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Pune's transport budget: A mixed bag

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Parisar’s analysis of PMC’s budget for 2010-11 shows that it is a mixed bag with a few good ideas mixed with some apparently good ideas which may not be so, and some others that are downright bad. The capital expenditure budgeted for transport projects is huge – Rs. 909 crores – which is just under half of all the budgeted capital expenditure (Rs. 1976 cr) and a good 28% of the entire PMC budget (Rs. 3246 cr).

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Parisar report on JM-FC one way scheme

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Parisar is glad to publish the results of a recently conducted study on the one-way scheme implemented byParisar report on JM-FC road one-way scheme PMC (and the Pune traffic police) on Jangli Maharaj (JM) and Fergusson College (FC) roads. The report critically analyzes the decision making process behind the scheme and the impacts of the scheme. It is further supported by interviews of different kinds of road users (such as pedestrians, cyclists, bus users and motorists) and other stakeholders such as local residents and commercial establishment owners.

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