BRT - Getting People on Board

Parisar is conducting an outreach and awareness program on Bus Rapid Transit system in Pimpri Chinchwad, which involves interacting with citizens of Pimpri Chinchwad and explaining to them the concept of BRT, inviting feedback and initiating more public involvement in this project. As an effective medium of outreach, Parisar commissioned a film on BRT in India and its various facets. This film covers the concept of BRT with its implementation in three cities of India, namely Pune, Ahmedabad and Delhi. It is interspersed with interviews of experts, citizens, bureaucrats and politicians, all of whom play their own unique part in making the BRT system work.

Parisar's submission during the public hearing on metro in Pune, 18th June 2010

A public hearing was held on 18th June 2010 to understand public opinion about the proposed metro rail project for Pune. The public hearing was organized by the Mayor Mr. Mohansingh Rajpal and Chairman, Standing Committee Mr. Arvind Shinde of the Pune Municipal Corporation. Many individual citizens, civil society groups (including Parisar) and representatives of political parties presented their views at the hearing. 

Parisar also made its submission expressing its views on the metro rail proposal currently being considered.

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

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.

Parisar position on Pune's metro proposal

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.