Pimpri Chinchwad in Smart Cities Mission

A pleasant surprise awaited Pimpri Chinchwad  when Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted “Good news for Maharashtra! Thank you Hon @narendramodi ji & @MVenkaiahNaidu ji for including Pimpri Chinchwad too under #smartcity Mission!“ Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad had been clubbed together in the proposal sent by the state government to the urban development ministry . Pune was among the ten cities selected in the Smart Cities Mission. The other cities were Navi Mumbai, Nashik, Thane, Greater Mumbai, Amravati, Solapur, Nagpur, Kalyan-Dombivali and Aurangabad. However, there was no mention of Pimpri Chinchwad.
After this exclusion, there were angry reactions from political leaders and activists. In September, the general body approved a resolution at a special meeting for inclusion of Pimpri Chinchwad in the Smart Cities Mission. The proposal was sent to the state government and later forwarded to the urban development ministry . District guardian minister Girish Bapat had said that the state government will consider a special package and additional funds for Pimpri Chinchwad.
In October, a delegation led by former agriculture minister Sharad Pawar along with mayor Shakuntala Dharade and elected office-bearers met Venkaiah Naidu for inclusion in the list.

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