PMC forms special cell for land acquisition

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Three road-related projects are stuck due to delay in land acquisition process

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has formed a special cell for acquiring land for three major road projects. Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao has given priority to High Capacity Mass Transit Route  (HCMTR), Katraj-Kondhwa Road widening and Shivane-Kharadi riverside road projects. Due to delay in land acquisition, development projects have been stuck. Therefore, the commissioner has decided to form a special cell to handle road-related development projects.
 
The cell will be headed by PMC City Engineer Prashant Waghmare. The commissioner has assigned work to acquire land for projects, negotiate with landowners, to provide information regarding compensation such as Transfer Development Rights (TDR), Floor Space Index (FSI), to establish communication to landowners and follow up land-related issues with them.
 
The cell will give a weekly report to the PMC commissioner. It comprises of four officials related to Road Department, land acquisition and maintenance surveyor. 
 
Earlier also, the PMC had formed a special cell for Chandni Chowk flyover work, in which it has completed 94 per cent of land acquisition work. 

Shivane-Kharadi Road 
The civic administration had approved a 22-km six-lane elevated Shivane-Kharadi link road in 2007 to connect the east and west parts of the city. The estimated cost of the project was around Rs 105 crore in 2008. In 2010, it scaled up to Rs 307 crore. According to the administration, the project will now cost more than Rs 1,200 crore. The road will be constructed in three phases. In the first phase, a 6-km road will be constructed from Shivane to Mhatre Bridge. 

An 11.8-km road will be built from Sangamwadi to Kharadi in the second phase. The stretch between Mhatre bridge and Sangamwadi, which is centrally located, will be taken up in the last phase as the road will be connected to the bridges across the river.  

The civic administration had approved a 22-km six lane-elevated Shivane-Kharadi link road in 2007 to connect the east and west parts of the city. The estimated cost of the project was around Rs 105 crore in 2008. In 2010, it scaled up to Rs 307 crore.

High Capacity Mass Transit Route
HCMTR has been designed for speedy travel by reducing congestion. It is a six-lane project with centralised Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) of total 37 km in length and 24 metres in width. Separate lanes will be made for heavy vehicles and four-wheelers with minimum 50 km/hr speed. The estimated cost for this project is Rs 6,646 crore. 

Katraj-Kondhwa Road expansion 
Due to rapid urbanisation along Katraj-Kondhwa Road, traffic congestion has become common in the area. So local residents have demanded a widening of roads. 

As per PMC Road Department, it is 3.5-km of road stretch from Rajas Society, Khadi Machine Chowk and Pisoli village. 

The road will have a 13.5-metre carriageway, 7.5-metre service road, 5-metre of angular parking, 3-metre cycle track, a utility corridor, footpath, 4.4-metre space for tree plantation, stormwater line and drainage lines on both sides. The PMC has an estimated cost of Rs 149 crore for the project. The civic body has approved project and started work in stretches.  

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