Pune: The Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) has given in-principle approval for the transfer of land to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for the widening of old Pune-Mumbai Highway to implement the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS).
According to Amol Jagtap, Chief Executive Officer of KCB, most of the land belongs to Defence and Ammunition Factory Khadki (AFK) and only a small part of the land of around 6,000 sq ft belongs to the Cantonment. He further said, “The principal director, Southern Command, Pune, has written to the director-general, Defence Estates, New Delhi, for in-principal approval for the total transfer of 41,879.59 sq mt of land on payment of Rs 107.31 crore. The ministry of defence (MoD) will approve it soon.”
“Along with the defence and AFK land, there is B3 land as well, which is situated alongside the old Pune-Mumbai highway like, Jai Hind theatre, All Saint Church, some old bungalows, lease lands and many others. The in-principle approval for transfer of land for the highway widening project was given by the cantonment board. The army authorities are conducting the process separately for giving approval to the project,” Jagtap further said.
Jagtap also mentioned that the local military authority will form a board of officers to seek into the exact portion of the area. They will demark it further if the land is not in use and it will also consider the government or private assets.