Pune: Land acquisition continues to remain a thorn in the side for Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), as it continues to wait for a land to complete the Mhalunge-Hinjewadi Phase 3 Road. MIDC began construction of the road a year ago and two stretches are nearing completion.
MIDC officials are waiting for the Town Planning (TP) scheme of the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) to get approved. A highly placed official stated that once the TP scheme gets approval, land for completion of the road will be handed over from PMRDA to MIDC.
“The road from Baner-Mhalunge to Hinjewadi Phase 3 can be divided into three parts, of which one part of the road and a bridge are nearing completion. However, land for the last part of the road has still not been handed over to MIDC. PMRDA has agreed to provide the road and only the approval for the TP Scheme is pending. This approval is likely to come before mid-November, following which the construction work for the remaining part will commence,” officials said.
According to officials, the Mhalunge-Hinjewadi Phase 3 Road will go a long way in easing traffic on the Wakad-Hinjewadi route, as nearly 40 per cent traffic will be diverted to the new road. “The said 6 km-long and 30-metre wide road is expected to reduce traffic congestion faced by regular commuters on the Wakad Flyover-Shivaji Chowk route. The road is to be developed over 19 hectares of land, out of which eight hectares are still to be acquired,” an official had said earlier.
During a visit to the city a few months ago, Principal Secretary for Industries Apurva Chandra, CEO of MIDC and Dy CEO of MIDC Ramesh Surwade asked MIDC officials to speed up the process of land acquisition for the road.