Pune: After more than a decade, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has woken up on their plan of Paud Phata-Balbharti link road through a tunnel to ease traffic problem on Law College Road. The PMC has started the process of appointment of consultant to conduct a traffic study and will be conducting Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the road for the second time before starting its work.
Aniruddha Pawaskar, Chief Engineer of Road Department of the PMC said, “The corporation has given approval to Paud Phata-Balbharati link road. Now we have started the process to take expression of interest from different consultants. We have formed a committee of different department heads and two Non-Government Organisation (NGO) representatives. Consultants are giving presentation before the committee. The committee will finalise consultants for traffic study and EIA and send the names to the Standing Committee for final approval.”
He added, “We have decided to make detailed report of Environmental Impact Assessment, topography and existing land use. We had done it earlier. But, now the scenario has changed and and it has no relevance. So, the corporation decided to conduct it again before starting actual work.”
The proposed link road will help connect areas such as Symbiosis, Chatuhshringi, SPPU, Aundh, Pashan, Shivajinagar and also Dapodi, Pimpri, Chinchwad, Akurdi, Nigdi and Chakan.
According to an earlier survey, there is possibility of encroachment and population pressure in the adjacent areas leading to tree felling, land grabbing and pollution due to waste dumping during construction of proposed road. However, the study said there would be improved fuel economy (of 50%) due to de-congestion due to proposed road. The savings will be to the tune of Rs 6.5 crore per year considering only 4-wheelers (diesel) and 2-wheelers (petrol).