24x7 water supply proj delays FC Road beautification

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 4 May 2019

Dinkar Gojare said, “Last year, we started redesigning work of FC Road. We were able to complete 1.2 km of stretch till date. As per the agreement, the Water Supply Department should have laid the water pipeline for the 24x7 water project. However, the responsible contractor has not done it, which is delaying our work.”

PUNE: The redesigning work of Fergusson College (FC) Road, which was to be done by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), has been delayed due to the civic body’s ambitious 24x7 water supply project. 

The PMC’s Road Department has alleged that the work has been delayed because the Water Supply Department is not laying water pipelines for one month.

As per the understanding between the Water Supply Department and the Road Department, the former was to lay water pipeline at the spot where the latter was to start work.

Dinkar Gojare, Superintendent Engineer of PMC’s Road Department said, “Last year, we started redesigning work of FC Road. We were able to complete 1.2 km of stretch till date. As per the agreement, the Water Supply Department should have laid the water pipeline for the 24x7 water project. However, the responsible contractor has not done it, which is delaying our work.”

While speaking to Sakal Times, Nandkumar Jagtap, Superintendent Engineer of Water Supply Department of PMC admitted this cause for delay. “On FC Road, the contractor is facing a lot of complications as an underground network of telephone and electrical cables is also being laid. In last one week, 100-kilowatt electrical cables in a stretch of 100 m were damaged four times while laying water pipelines. The land is made of hard rock which is creating problems.”

OVERHAULING FC ROAD
- The total stretch of FC Road from Sambhaji Chowk (Garware Bridge) to Agriculture College gate is 2 km long. 
- In 2018, PMC started the redesigning work worth Rs 15 crore. 
- Till date, the civic body completed Rs 8 crore worth of work. 
- The PMC has given a nine-month deadline to complete the work. 
- Redesigning work includes footpath retrofitting, making space on roads and junction on a pilot basis.
- The stationary elements - the landscaping with trees, bus stops, underground and overhead utility services such as electricity junction boxes, light poles, parking lots and also the hawkers are to be squeezed in, between the cycle-track flanked pavements and the lanes for traffic mobility.

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