Pune Metro receives setback on Nagar Road as NMA denies nod 

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 27 September 2018

Sujit Patwardhan, Founder Member of Parisar said, “MahaMetro has to answer to the public of Pune as to why they decided to break the law, the consequences of which will have to be borne by the people of Pune, who are ultimately bearing the cost of this project.” 

Pune;  The Pune Metro project has received a major setback on the Nagar Road route. National Monuments Authority (NMA) has rejected Maharashtra Metro (MahaMetro)’s application to allow construction on the road. 

MahaMetro has decided to explore all other options on this route. However, with the permission to construct the Metro along Nagar Road abutting Aga Khan Palace being rejected, the project is likely to be hit by delays and cost escalation. 

The decision was taken during a meeting of the NMA on September 10, 2018, as this section lies within the prohibited area of the Aga Khan Palace. As per the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958, which was amended in 2010, no construction of any kind is allowed within 100 metres of a nationally protected monument. Aga Khan Palace was declared a nationally protected monument in 2003. 

In 2016 the Bombay High Court, in a petition filed by city-based NGO Parisar, made it clear that construction of the Metro project should not proceed without getting permission from the National Monuments Authority.
 
Despite this, MahaMetro went ahead and awarded the tender for construction of the Civil Court to Ramwadi section on August 2, 2018. 

Sujit Patwardhan, Founder Member of Parisar said, “MahaMetro has to answer to the public of Pune as to why they decided to break the law, the consequences of which will have to be borne by the people of Pune, who are ultimately bearing the cost of this project.” 

MahaMetro has issued a press note on the denial of permission. It stated that proposal of alignment opposite Aga Khan Palace was not approved by the authorities as it was passing through the prohibited zone of the centrally protected monument. Pune Metro has already appealed to the authorities to kindly reconsider the proposal, it stated.
 
It mentions: “The Pune Metro has two alignment corridors: Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to Swargate and Vanaz to Ramwadi. The PCMC to Swargate metro rail alignment is passing near two monuments Pataleshwar cave temple and Shaniwar Wada, whereas Vanaz to Ramwadi alignment passes near Aga Khan Palace. National Monuments Authority (NMA)  gave permission for other ancient monuments and archaeological sites except Aga Khan Palace.” 

Related News