Mumbai: The Sinhagad Ghat road work will start after getting reports from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IITB) and will be completed before March, PWD Minister Chandrakant Patil assured in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday.
BJP MLA Baburao Pacharne from Shirur raised the issue during question hour. In June, heavy rain triggered landslides in Sinhagad Ghat, resulting in slow movement of vehicles to the fort and back.
Pacharne inquired about the incident and asked whether the government is going to repair the road.
Pravin Pote Patil, Minister of State for Public Works Department (PWD) replied that the work will start after the IITB submits a report.
“Though a landslide took place, there was no accident and nobody died in the landslide,” he replied.
After his reply, former deputy minister Ajit Pawar asked whether the government was waiting for loss of human lives.
“The fort is a famous monsoon gateway for city residents and tourists. The ghat section, however, has remained unsafe for travel due to lack of protective measures.
“The 9-km stretch has many landslide-prone spots, where safety nets were supposed to be fixed before monsoon to arrest landslides. The work has not yet started,” Pawar said.
Patangrao Kadam said the Congress government had made a provision of Rs 10 crore for the road.
“There is a memorandum of understanding between the Tourism Department and the Forest Department for development of the fort,” Kadam said.
Pawar urged Minister Chandrakant Patil to reply and alleged that the minister was giving false information to the House.
Patil said the PWD is carrying out the repair work. “There will be 223 preventive nets to stop the landslides, but the work is at the tender stage,” he said.
“IITB has surveyed the ghat and the entire road.
As soon as the report is submitted, the work on the road will start after getting a no-objection certificate from the Forest Department,” Patil said, adding. “Tender process of the work is in the last stage and Rs 1.61 crore has been allocated.”