PMC needs Rs. 1,300 cr for land acquisition

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 12 April 2018

Road widening and other development works are stuck for want of funds

Pune: It seems that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) doesn’t have enough money to acquire land for different development projects. Recently, the district collector wrote a letter to the corporation to allocate Rs 1,300 crore for land acquisition of various development projects before sending a fresh proposal of land acquisition to them. 

The city is developing rapidly and the civic body needs amenity spaces for roads, gardens, grounds, cultural halls, parking, etc. The PMC has reserved different areas in the city for development work. The civic body had submitted a proposal of 18 different places for acquiring land to the district administration. 

According to a district administration official, the amount for land acquisition has been calculated at Rs 1,300 crore and the corporation has been told to deposit the amount with the district collector. 

One of the senior officials of Land Acquisition Department of PMC said,  “Due to Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, people are demanding cash compensation instead of Transfer Development Rights (TDR) and other options to acquire land for government projects. 

We had submitted 18 proposals of land acquisition and the amount which has been calculated is Rs 1,300 crore. However, the corporation doesn’t have money to pay landowners for acquiring land for different projects. Besides that, we need lands for different projects in the future and as per our calculation, the amount will be more than Rs 1,000 crore.”

Following is the expenditure which is required for following civic works: Yerawada, Lohegaon and Wadgaon Sheri road widening - Rs 481 crore; Nana Peth road widening - Rs 13 crore; Kharadi road widening - Rs 33 crore; Warje road widening - Rs 61 crore; Baner road widening - Rs 15 crore; Bhavani Peth garden Rs 15 crore and Baner parking - Rs 2 crore.

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