Pune: After almost 33 years, the Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) has started the work of constructing new and repairing old pavements under their jurisdiction. These pavements were constructed in 1985 and the condition of many of these pavements was in bad state.
The Vice President (VP) of KCB, Abhay Sawant, has repeatedly spoken about the issue, but the board every time had cited the reason of lack of funds.
Sawant said, “Many serving army personnel, including officers, had written about the bad condition of the pavements to the board authorities, but no concrete steps were taken.”
Premprakash Varandani, Senior Executive Engineer of KCB, said, “The board has allocated Rs 1.5 crore for these works. As of now, 50 per cent of the work has been completed and it will be fully complete in two months.”
Amol Jagtap, the Chief Executive Officer of KCB, said, “Due to the poor condition of pavements, the pedestrians and cyclists were mostly not preferring to use the pavements which are meant for them to use.”
“This particular issue was raised several times by the ward members but due to lack of funds, it was never taken seriously. Now that the work has started, we will ensure to maintain it and repair it whenever needed,” Jagtap further added.
Work in progress
New pavements are being constructed at General KS Thimayya Road, Park Road, Elphinstone Road, Khadki Bazaar Road and Riverside Road.
The old pavements are being repaired at Netaji Subhas Chandra Road, Park Road, KS Thimayya Road and Range Hills.