Pawar meets collector on Empress Garden land issue

Sakal Times
Saturday, 3 March 2018

Sakal had highlighted the issue of construction of government quarters in the Empress Garden. City-based NGOs and political parties objected to the move of the government. NGOs have also started a signature campaign against the government’s decision. 

Saurabh Rao says that the govt will not use land belonging to the garden 

Pune: Pune District Collector Saurabh Rao has clarified that the State government will not use the land (37 acres) of Empress Garden for construction purpose. A meeting was held with Sakal Chairman Pratap Pawar and Empress Garden Secretary Trustee Suresh Pingle on Saturday. 

Sakal had highlighted the issue of construction of government quarters in the Empress Garden. City-based NGOs and political parties objected to the move of the government. NGOs have also started a signature campaign against the government’s decision. 

Rao further said, “The government does not want a single piece of land of Empress Garden for construction purpose. However, the government is planning to construct government quarters near the garden on the land which belongs to the government. There is 39.55 acres of land in survey number 500 while there is 10.7 acres of land in survey number 504. The State government has given 37 acres of land from these survey numbers on lease basis and the government does not want 37 acres of land belonging to the garden.” 

Pingle said, “We have all documentary proof which shows that the government wants the land of Empress Garden.”
To clear ambiguity of land in two survey numbers, Rao said, “I have issued an order to the land record department to demarcate survey number 500 and 504 within eight days and submit a report.”  Pawar and Pingle were satisfied with an affirmative approach of the district collector. 

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