PUNE: In a smart move the State government on Friday, announced to include historian Babasaheb Purandare’s Shivsrushti in the mega project under the Tourism and Culture Ministry, which will boost tourism in the State. The Shivshrushti project is located at Ambegaon village on Katraj-Mumbai Bypass.
While including it under the mega project and sanctioning a grant of Rs 300 crore, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cleverly countered the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) proposed Shivsrushti project under a Pune Municipal Corporation project (PMC). Interestingly, now, Puneites will have two Shivsrushtis.
One funded and sponsored by BJP and the other one initiated by NCP but without land and financial sanction.
The State government issued a government resolution on February 8, 2018, which mentioned that under the Maharashtra Tourism Policy of 2016, the State has taken a decision to include Maharashtra Shivchhatrapati Prathisthan’s Shivshrusti in government’s mega project. The prathishthan trust belongs to Purandare. Apparently, the government has introduced a mega project concept to promote tourism in State by including different tourism projects and provide them with the financial aid.
According to a government order, prathishthan’s Shivshrushti is located on Survey number 13 (part) in Ambegaon (Budurk), Katraj-Mumbai Bypass. It requires around Rs 300 crore and it will generate about 300 jobs.
The government took this decision on November 9, 2017, but issued the order on Thursday. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also announced to provide land to PMC’s Shivshrushti which is the brainchild of NCP and it was aggressively supporting it. Meanwhile, NCP corporator Deepak Mankar had threatened to stop metro work if the government does not take a decision on the project. Hence, against the backdrop of forthcoming Shiv Jayanti, the BJP has given assurance of providing the land and has settled the issue for now.
NCP MP and City Unit Chief Vandana Chavan has already objected to the proposed project being set up on land reserved for BDP. She said, “It is not possible for the government to acquire the land as it belongs to private owners. Likewise, no construction can be done on hilltop or slope as per the State government’s act. Hence, it is not possible to build Shivshrushti on BDP land. But it can be built possible on Kothrud garbage depot land but for that, the Mahametro needs to set up an underground depot.”
“We were anticipating that Shivshrushti will be built in Kothrud instead of BDP area. It is feasible but the government should have willpower as a mere announcement of allocating land is not sufficient to ensure completion of the project,’’ she added.