Kasba Peth residents not yet convinced by MahaMetro to give up residence for project

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 14 January 2019

Speaking about the issue, Atul Gadgil, Head of Vanaz to Ramwadi Metro Corridor, said that MahaMetro is providing best possible compensation offer to the project affected people but are facing objections from some residents of Kasba Peth.

PUNE: While officials of the MahaMetro have started work of the underground metro from Shivajinagar to Swargate, the agency is yet to convince all the residents of Kasba Peth, who would be affected by the project due to the Budhwar Peth metro station.

As per MahaMetro officials, about 250 families and 30 shops will be affected due to metro work for Budhwar Peth and Mandai metro station.

Speaking about the issue, Atul Gadgil, Head of Vanaz to Ramwadi Metro Corridor, said that MahaMetro is providing best possible compensation offer to the project affected people but are facing objections from some residents of Kasba Peth.

“While we have been successful in convincing the people affected in Mandai area, we are yet to convince all affected people from Kasba Peth. We are in talks with residents of Kasba Peth and will surely be able to convince them. We already have some flats provided to us by the civic body, which we can use to rehabilitate people,” said Gadgil.

MahaMetro officials are yet to disclose the number of people opposing the agency’s compensation proposal. Another official of MahaMetro said that while some residents in the area are tenants, some are owners and MahaMetro is yet to convince all the affected people.

Speaking on whether the process would delay metro work, a MahaMetro official said, “We are sure the work would not be delayed as the work of the station will start in about nine to ten months, which is enough time for us to take approval from the people affected by the project.”

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