Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) two proposed Railway over Bridges (RoBs) have been stuck for want of funds to rehabilitate slum dwellers post acquisition of land. There are more than 30 project affected slum dwellers at the two RoB sites.
The funds were cleared during a meeting called by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Special Assistance, Relief and Rehabilitation, Minorities Development, Rajkumar Badole, on Friday. City Mayor Mukta Tilak, Deputy Mayor Siddharth Dhende, Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao and Road Project Department officials were also present.
During the meeting, the PMC administration had said that encroachment of railway lands and corporation land is one of the major issues. “We have to clear all encroachments and rehabilitate them. In corporation jurisdiction, it was possible, but for railway areas, we have to shift slum dwellers for speedy work,” they said.
According to corporation officials, the corporation sanctioned the two RoBs in 2008. However, it was not approved by the Defence Ministry until 2016. Roughly, the corporation needs Rs 130 crore to complete these two RoB projects. Of the total amount, Rs 73 lakh has been allocated for the project in the corporation budget. Now, the corporation has appointed a consultant to make a Detailed Project Report of the two projects. Rehabilitation and land acquisition will be major issues in these projects.
Mukta Tilak said, “The PMC needs Rs 10 crore for land acquisition. After land acquisition, we will able to start work.” The Ministry of Defence has already allowed the PMC to construct bridges on 2.8416 acres of defence land, 1.1126 acres for the Pune-Miraj ROB and 1.729 acre for the Pune-Solapur ROB.
A rail over bridge will be constructed on Pune-Miraj Railway lines between Army Public School and Shaheed Bhagat Singh School (Length 656 metre and width 7.5 metre). Bridge will be single lane for two way traffic. A Y shape rail over bridge will be constructed on Pune-Solapur railway line near the Military Stationary Office Building. It will pass via Thopte Chowk on BT Kawade Road and will end at the Army Sports Institute (Length 570 metre and width 10.5 metre). One arm of the bridge will connect motorists to BT Kawade Road.