The developers and activists met on Tuesday to renew their demand for the expansion of civic limits, which has not happened since last four decades. The recent floods and the inconvenience caused to the residents from flood zone prompted them to make the demand again.
Vidyanand Bedekar, president of Credai Kolhapur, said, “In March, after the visit by urban development minister Eknath Shinde, the KMC submitted a proposal of merger of 20 fringe villages. We will write to the government to approve the proposal for the sake of uniform development of the city.”
He added, “The successive floods caused severe inconvenience. There is limitation to the growth of the city since most parts are green zone and flood zone. There is a need for merger.”
The merger issue has always faced stiff opposition from villagers. The political leaders desist from touching the issue and take the stand to avoid making their vote bank angry. Therefore, the developers and activists have decided to convince villagers.