Citizens to stage protest against civic apathy

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 5 October 2017

Seema Agarwal, Vice President of BPLR, said, “We will be doing a peaceful protest because we are tired of talking to the officials and still there is no development even after so many hardships faced by us.”

PUNE: Residents of Baner-Pashan Link Road will organise a peaceful protest against non-completion of the work of 120 feet Baner-Pashan Link Road (BPLR) which was part of the Development Plan (DP) since 1992. 

The protest will be held on October 7 from 10 to 11 am at Rolling Hill Square, behind Veritas company building.

The residents held over 60 meetings and submitted 50 written representations to the  Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Mayor, MLA and many other officials. 

Multiple meetings were held with all land owners whose land needs to be acquired for new BPLR. 

RTI queries were filed to know the status of land acquisitions and road construction. The issue was highlighted in newspapers many times. A signature campaign was also taken with thousands of residents, which was submitted to all concerned officials.    

Seema Agarwal, Vice President of BPLR, said, “We will be doing a peaceful protest because we are tired of talking to the officials and still there is no development even after so many hardships faced by us.”

Instead of developing BPLR, the corporation has constructed 100 metre new road outside Shanti Niketan Society at BPLR, which leads to no where. 

“There are 6,000 residents in BPLR and for last 8 years we are paying tax of more than Rs 50 crore, but still there are no new developments. We are expecting at least 200 to 300 residents from Kothrud, Baner, Sus Raod, Pashan and Aundh  to come for the protest.”

NARROW BANER-PASHAN LINK ROAD
“Most of the people use BPLR to commute from Kothrud, Sus, Aundh and the other adjoining areas. However, BPLR is a narrow two lane road which is not properly constructed and in peak times it takes more than one hour to reach the destination, even if it would be at a distance of  five minutes. This was the main reason behind demanding that the officials develop BPLR.”  - Seema Agarwal, Vice President BPLR

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