Guardian Min Bapat meets Kalyani Nagar residents

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 25 January 2019

The residents asked the minister to conduct an environment assessment, as the change in the route can also impact the ecological balance of Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.

PUNE: District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat met residents of Kalyani Nagar, Nagpur Chawl, Shastri Nagar and environment enthusiasts at VVIP Circuit House on Friday to discuss their issues regarding the realignment of Metro line 2 (Civil Court to Ramwadi). 

The meeting was attended by Jagdish Mulik, MLA, Vadgaonsheri constituency, Metro officials Ramnath Subramaniam, Executive Director Strategic Planning, HS Chaudhury, Project Director General Consultant to Maha Metro and Prakash Waghmare, Chief Project Officer, Civil court to Ramwadi route.

The route of Metro line 2 has been diverted from Nagar Road to Kalyani Nagar as the National Monument Authority (NMA) denied permission for Pune Metro Rail work opposite the Aga Khan Palace, which is a protected monument. As per the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958, which was amended in 2010, no construction is allowed within a 100-metre radius of any nationally protected monument. Aga Khan Palace was declared as a nationally protected monument in 2003.

These residents have been continuously protesting against the realignment of the metro route and in the meeting, they discussed their problems with the minister. 

Sanjeev Binaykia, resident of Kalyani Nagar, during the meeting, said, “Our request is to reconsider the old route through Nagar road, as it will be more viable since it will bring more ridership from Nagpur Chawl and Shashtri Nagar area. Kalyani Nagar road is already narrow as it is a residential area and if the metro comes inside, it will create a great mess.”

The residents also asked the minister to conduct an environment report assessment, as the change in the route can also impact the ecological balance of Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.

Girish Bapat, District Guardian Minister, said during the meeting, “I would request the delegation of NMA and ASI to give us an appointment so that we can meet and request them to reconsider their decision.”

He further said, “I would also ask metro officials to stop the work that is going on the footpath in that area. As far as soil testing is concerned, whatever machine is there inside, finish with that but do not extend the work further.”

He also asked Metro officials to conduct a meeting with the residents on the metro site within 15 days of this meeting and discuss with them about the plan and consider suggestions of residents if any.

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