Local Bodies in Pune
Pune district consists of 15 talukas, 13 panchayat samitis and 1870 villages. There are 18 Vidhan Sabha constituencies and 4 Lok Sabha Constituencies. Pune city is the main city however Pimpri Chinchwad is considered the twin city and the second major city of Pune district.
There are three local bodies which are responsible for the administration of Pune. All these bodies have their own vested powers but work in mutual co-operation to meet the administrative needs of Pune residents.
- Pune Municipal Corporation
- Pune City Police
- Pune Metropolitan Area
Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)
It is headed by the Municipal Commissioner who is an IAS Officer, appointed by the government of Maharashtra. Apart from him there is Municipal Board which is represented by the Mayor and the different members representing the various wards. The Municipal Commissioner has the executive powers of PMC while the mayor of Pune acts as the representative of Pune and has restricted duties.
The total number of members in PMC is 152. The city of Pune is divided into 48 municipal wards represented by 3 members from each ward. The local administration of wards is mainly administered by an Assistant Municipal Commissioner. The members of the different wards are elected by the people through municipal elections which are held at regular intervals and in which local members of all major political parties participate.
With an objective of providing better services to the citizens of Pune, PMC has introduced the services of e-governance to reach the masses instantly. The e-governance initiative will change the way PMC works and bring upgraded and better facilities for the citizens.
The city of Pune comes under the Haveli Taluka of the District of Pune in Maharashtra. Like other major cities of India, Pune too has a District Collector who is accountable for the revenue administration of the city. The Collector synchronizes the working of all the other state government departments within the district of Pune. He is also assigned the responsibility of maintaining the property records of the city and organizing the national elections here. The office of the collector has several branches or departments. The office of the Collector is supported by the Deputy Collector who is appointed to assist the collector by reporting him about the working of all several departments.
Panchayati Raj System
At present, the key representatives of local administration of Pune are:
- Mayor of Pune: Mrs. Vaishali Sunil Bankar
- Municipal Commissioner of Pune : Mr. Mahesh Pathak
- District Collector : Mr Vikas Deshmukh
- CEO of Pune Zilla Parishad : Mr Anil Kawade
Pune City Police
The history of Pune City Police dates back to the Peshwa era when an official department of police was established. But there were still overlapping of duties between the royal rulers, military and the police head. It was the Britishers who restructured the police force to give it the face of the modern day police department that exists now.
The Pune Police Commissioner, an IAS officer heads the Pune City Police supported by Joint Commissioner of Police, Additional Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police and various other senior police officials. The existing Commissioner of Police, Pune is Mr Gulabrao Pol.
The Pune City Police operates across 33 police stations based in north and south regions of Pune which are further divided into four zones. It is responsible mainly for following branches:
- Crime Branch
- Traffic Branch
- Foreigners Registration Office (FRO)
Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA)
There are five administrative regions under Pune Metropolitan Area:
- Pune City
- Dehu Cantonment
- Khadki Cantonment
- Pune Camp