Petition Tag - pune

1. Samoa! Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

We need closure for Maria Kolotita Kirita Pune regarding her land case in Samoa. Her case went to trial in the Supreme Court of Samoa in 2003 before Chief Justice Sapolu. To date, a decision is still outstanding and well overdue despite numerous requests by Maria’s lawyers for a decision.

In March 2014, Maria’s freehold family land in Tuloto, situated in Apia’s commercial town area was sold illegally to Samoa Stationery And Books Limited (SSAB) in a mortgagee sale by Samoa Breweries Limited. Caveats that had been placed over the Tuloto land in 2002 were illegally removed by the Ministry of National Resource Environment (MNRE), a government registry office for lands and title, to allow for the sale. This was also despite a Court Order to have caveats remain as the Court had yet to deliver a decision in Maria’s case heard in 2003 regarding freehold lands.

Following Tuloto land sale, Maria’s historic family home that was on the land was bulldozed and demolished. Her parent’s graves that were also on the land was forcibly removed and transferred disrespectfully to an unmarked grave in a public cemetery.

In Septemer 2014, prominent lawyers in opposition are demanding Maria pays ST$163,000.00 for "security" costs to Samoa’s Legal System.

In October 2014, Chief Justice Sapolu prolongs his decision with further delay tactics and pressure's Maria into mediation with the children of her late brother - (former Minister of Justice of Samoa) to salvage family relationships. "Mediation now is pointless", says Maria. What’s more important now, is that there are bigger issues of law that the Supreme Court must address;

- Case Pending a decision from 2003
- Decision still outstanding and well overdue
- Unlawful removal of caveats
- Unlawful disobeying of a court order to have caveats remain
- Unlawful bulldozing and demolishing of a historic family home
- Unlawful removal of graves to public cemetery

This petition is written in the hope that:

1) Justice for Maria Kolotita Kirita Pune is served;

2) Samoan people become more aware of what is happening in Samoa regarding
land matters. If you have lands in Samoa, check registration of land titles
regularly at MNRE offices. Lands may be transferred illegally, unknowingly from
you and your family.

Please show your support and sign the Petition for Maria and her cause for Justice. This petition will then be presented to; the Samoan Parliament,
the Honourable Prime Ministers of Samoa, Tuilaepa Malielegaoi and
New Zealand, John Key.

2. Oppose PMPML bus fare hike

PMPML is the sole provider of public transport in the Pune Metropolitan Area and caters to over 1 million trips daily. It is the lifeline for lakhs of students, workers and senior citizens from all income groups, but especially the poor.

Transport systems in Indian cities are collapsing under the strain of growing cars and two-wheelers, also leading to congestion, pollution and rising accidents. Good, affordable and reliable public transport is the only answer. Yet, instead of focusing on improving the quality of public transport, the city of Pune has consistently ignored it and refuses to give it the financial support it needs to improve. Meanwhile crores upon crores are spent on flyovers.
PMPML is already one of the most costly city bus services compared to Chennai, Mumbai etc
Every time the price of diesel goes up, fares are hiked.

This is totally unwarranted for these reasons:-

1. It is possible to make up for the fuel cost increase by other means - reducing non-ticketing, ensuring more buses on the road, route rationalization, more income from advertisements and reducing waste and corruption.

2. Simple measures like waiving VAT and Octroi on fuel and parts for PMPML can make up the losses.

3. Increasing fares also decreases ridership - so total increment to PMPML is not as expected.

4. The city must not look at public transport as a self-supporting service - it must be subsidized (reasonably).

5. The Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporations control the PMPML Board and hence are themselves responsible for any inefficiencies and must act to correct them.

6. The poor suffer when fares are hiked.

7. Higher income people find PMPML less attractive and eventually shift to their own private vehicles adding to the already unbearable traffic in the city.

Hiking fares is the most short-sighted step that can be taken by the authorities and not in the best interest of the city at all!

3. Stop the Balbharati - Paud phata bypass road

Pune is the most dangerously polluted city as per findings of a study by TERI considering its Air Quality Index.

The politicians of Pune are asking for a new road that is not part of the Development Plan of the city that will cut across virgin, silent green zone behind the Law College; cutting THOUSANDS of trees of a planted forest, nurtured by citizens and the ILS Law College over many years.

Road widening of the existing road using Law College's property will solve the problem of congestion to a considerable extent upto Prabhat Road. From Prabhat Road to Athavale Chowk there is a parallel road over an erstwhile canal that will take care of the rest of the way.

The congestion on Law College road is as much as on all major roads in the city. It has been compounded by permissions to commercial establishments and coffee shops that increase parking of vehicles with reduction in the carriage width of the road.

The proposed bypass will bring automobile pollution, noise and congestion into the heart of a green area at the foot and lower ridge of the Vetal hill. This is a catastrophic proposal and will destroy one of the last virgin green areas left in Pune.(see and also see

We seek the support of all well wishers of Pune and Pune's residents to stop this project and ask the Municipal Corporation to take the option of road widening or making the street a one way road.

Unless the city's population increase due to migrations is controlled and unless an effective mass transport bus system using dedicated lanes is developed, no new roads will ever be able to solve Pune's problems. This proposed road will however forever damage Pune's already deranged eco-system and disturb the flora and fauna inhabiting this area.

While you sign the petition, do not omit to PHONE YOUR CORPORATOR at the numbers given on this web page (url BELOW) of the Pune Municipal Corporation. Please call at a decent hour and TELL HIM that you will only vote for the persons who oppose this road.
Cut and paste this URL in your browsers address panel and find the address and phone numbers of your corporators.

Note the lush green area in the GOOGLE PICTURE to the West of the Law College ground. THE ROAD WILL PASS DIRECTLY THROUGH THIS PATCH.

4. Public Transport in Pune

Pune is amongst the most polluted cities in India. Due to growing wealth within the low/middle-income groups, the number of cars, two and three wheelers plying on the roads have increased substantially. Pune traffic has become increasingly unruly and dangerous.

Individuals could easily consider giving up on their 2 wheelers and cars, provided an efficient public transport was available. There may be a need to cut down on the number of rickshaws as well.

This petition is aimed at solving some of these difficulties.