Dy Mayor Dhende meets PAP leader to discuss problems

ST CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, 17 March 2019

Recently, the State government asked the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to release Rs 15 lakh cash compensation to Bhama-Askhed project affected people. However, the affected have denied to accept the cash compensation and have demanded alternate land.

Pune: Recently, the State government asked the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to release Rs 15 lakh cash compensation to Bhama-Askhed project affected people. However, the affected have denied to accept the cash compensation and have demanded alternate land.
 
Now, the civic body has approached the leader of Project Affected People (PAP), Baba Adhav to resolve the issue and allow the civic body to restart the project. The project has been delayed due to the 
agitation by PAP.
  
The project was initiated in 2014 and the affected people brought the project work to a halt demanding land compensation. 

Last week, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took a decision to provide Rs 15 lakh as cash compensation to the affected persons and issued instructions to PMC.

After the affected persons denied the cash compensation, Deputy Mayor Dr Siddharth Dhende met leader Baba Adhav on Thursday.
 
While speaking to Sakal Times, Dhende, who is a corporator from Yerawada, said, “We met the Project Affected Farmers Organisation leaders Baba Adhav and Laxman Pasalkar. We requested them to allow the civic body to restart the jackwell work at the dam. The civic body will start pipeline work after final settlement of the issue.”

Laxman Pasalkar, Secretary of Maharashtra state Project Affected Farmers Organisation, said, “Deputy Mayor Dr Siddharth Dhende along with PMC officials met president of the organisation Baba Adhav. I was present at the meeting. I have sent a letter which includes 11 different points to the civic body along with the cash compensation issue. The PAPs want land instead of cash compensation. Our demand was also approved by the Bombay High Court. We told them to provide lists of affect farmers and their land details.”

The PMC started the project to bring water to Pune by laying a 42 km pipeline from Bhama-Askhed dam in 2014 at a cost of Rs 380.17 crore. The project was started to quench the water scarcity in areas like Kharadi, Yerawada, Dhanori, Wadgaon Sheri, Kalas and Vidyanagar.

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