Hinjawadi residents submit online plea over poor infra

Neha Basudkar
Monday, 19 February 2018

Sanjay Gaikwad,said, “When you think of an IT park, you imagine the residential area around it to be like a smart or developed city. However, living has become a nightmare for IT professionals in these areas around the IT park.”

PUNE: A large number of residents of Hinjawadi, Marunji and Maan have filed an online petition to bring the poor civic infrastructure around the IT hub to the notice of higher authorities. IT professionals living in these areas face several issues, including poor civic infrastructure.

These residents have submitted the online petition addressed to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Guardian Minister Girish Bapat and other civic authorities. They have appealed to people to sign it.

The petition has been posted on the web portal www.change.org, where members of the Hinjewadi IT Park Residents Welfare Association (HIRVA) and residents of Megapolis, Blue Ridge, Eon Homes, Life Republic, Global e Homes raise issues faced by them.

Besides traffic congestions, the area doesn’t get proper water supply, roads are not built, it has no sewage treatment plants, it lacks public transport, security and safety.

Sanjay Gaikwad, IT professional, a resident of Kolte Patil Township at Marunji, said, “When you think of an IT park, you imagine the residential area around it to be like a smart or developed city. However, living has become a nightmare for IT professionals in these areas around the IT park.”

Gaikwad said, “Rates of properties have risen exponentially. The civic infrastructure has not kept pace with the realty development in this area. We want piped drinking water supply for all residents, 135 litres per day per head. There should be separate water storage tanks and water filtration plants for large residential zones. Public roads should be free of encroachments. They should have LED lights, footpaths, signals, speed breakers, dividers and zebra crossings. The ring road should have multi-modal transport hub at Hinjewadi.”

“Also, safety and security measures are not taken care of. There are environmental issues, garbage piles on roadsides for months. There are no sewage treatment plants,” Gaikwad said.

Anshul Gupta, IT professional and a resident of Megapolis, Hinjawadi, said, “The petition is trending. We appeal to all residents to vote. There are several issues. Even after being an IT hub, we are experiencing conditions similar to some backward rural area. There is neither a police station nor ambulance services in Phase 3. There is no public transport, including e-rickshaws and shared bicycles. The metro railway should be built. Hinjawadi should be merged in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, along with adjoining villages of Maan and Marunji.”

Gupta said, “After the petition reaches a high number of residents, we will hold an internal meeting. Later, a public meeting will be organised to decide the future course of action. Then, we will approach the civic authorities. We will launch a protest if they fail to respond.”

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