PIMPRI: Many social organisations in Pimpri-Chinchwad are planning to hold a one-day hunger strike to press for their demand of extending the Pimpri-Swargate Metro route up to Nigdi in the first phase itself.
The hunger strike will be held on Sunday at Dr Ambedkar Chowk in Pimpri under the banner of various NGOs.
The various organisations like Sanskar Pratishthan Pimpri Chinchwad, Astha Social Foundation, Pimpri Chinchwad Citizen Forum (PCCF), Bhavsar Vision, E-Pimpri Chinchwad Pradip Walhekar and team, Swatantryavir Savarkar Mandal, Police Nagrik Mitra Maharashtra State, SBI Pensioners Association, Mauli Jyeshtha Nagrik Sangh, Federation of Gharkul and Jaldindi Pratishtan will participate in the one-day hunger strike.
Representatives from PCCF had taken up the issue with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis twice and they claim he has not taken any decision on the subject. The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has asked Mahametro to prepare a detailed project report for the extension, but district Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, while laying the foundation stone for the Sant Tukaram Nagar Metro Station, said it is not possible to extend the metro in the first phase.
The work for the metro is undertaken as per the detailed project report of 2009, but the organisations argue that the population of the area has increased significantly in the last eight years. They are also arguing that an extension will also save the construction costs significantly if it is undertaken simultaneously.
The PCCF has begun a ‘Missed Call’ campaign to push this demand and the campaign has received an overwhelming response from the citizens, organisation claim.