Pune: In a recently conducted meeting, environmentalists from the city discussed several projects, which will have an adverse impact on the environment, including de-reservation of the green zone for the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, the proposed 100 feet roads along the river bed, river encroachments and developments on hill tops and hill slopes.
Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha Vandana Chavan, industrialists Aun Aga, Arun Firodia and Suman Kirloskar and activists Sarang Yadwadkar, Sujit Patwardhan, Ranjit Gadgil and Satish Khot were present in the meeting.
Last week, the State government finalised the development plan for reservations in the old city, in which the government has taken some decisions such as finalising the blue and red lines of rivers, de-reservation of Economical Weaker Section (EWS) reservation, etc. Speaking to Sakal Times, Chavan said, "Since the past few days, the State government has taken several steps against the environment. We are fighting for keeping open spaces intact in the city, but the government is taking decisions against that. Recently, the government issued an order saying corporation can build house schemes in green zone areas. It is absolute killing the lungs of the city. The State government also finalised the red and blue flood lines for rivers, which means the corporation can development river banks."
She further pointed out the decision to build offices for government officials in no development zone area of Bund Garden. She said, "The corporation is not considering local representatives. They are forming SPVs for different projects. It is not the right way to deal with development projects. We have decided to start agitation on the decisions, which are affecting greenery of the city. In Bibwewadi, we heard that the government took decision to make BDP in development zone. It is not the right decision. We will start signature campaign against government decision and we will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis."
Architect Sarang Yadwadkar said, "The corporation has de-reserved Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in Yerawada. There is a 20 acre plot reserved for the sanctuary. Now government has made 4.5 acre of this reserved land available for development, due to which the plot has been divided in two. In Empress Garden, the State has given 6.5 acre of land for constructing a Public Work Department (PWD) quarters. These decisions are against the environment and it is encroachment on open and green land."