Pune: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has resolved the long pending issue of Shivsrushti and metro depot at Kothrud garbage depot land. Due to this pending issue of Shivsrushti, all Maratha leaders especially, from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had decided to corner BJP, but BJP instead chose the perfect timing to resolve this issue against the background of forthcoming Assembly elections and to tone down aggressive Maratha power politics in the city.
Shivsrushti is a dream project of NCP. Party corporator Deepak Mankar had taken the initiative on the Shivsrushti issue. Last year, there was a special General Body meeting called to discuss the issue. However, nothing concrete happened. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Mahametro) started work of Vanaz to Ramwadi corridor. Following this, Mankar declared that if State government doesn’t take a final call on Shivsrushti issue, he will stop the ongoing metro work in Kothrud.
After that, Chief Minister Fadnavis called a meeting in Mumbai to discuss the issue and find a solution. Now, the chief minister has decided to allot around 50 acres of land of BDP near Chandni Chowk area for Shivsrushti. Fadnavis has given an order to the municipal commissioner to prepare a detailed report of funds and land acquisition cost of BDP land.
NCP has been on the forefront for the implementation Shivsrushti project. The project was passed by the PMC in 2010. However, the civic body had already proposed and passed Metro Railway Terminus of corridor no. 1 i.e. Vanaz (Kothrud) to Ramwadi. Despite that, corporators from NCP and other parties wanted to build Shivsrushti on the same land. For this, PMC General Body meeting passed another proposal and demanded 100 acres of land near metro terminus for Shivsrushti. The issue was pending with the State government for approval as the proposed land was under the biodiversity zone (BDP) in Development Plan of the city.
Shivsrushti to depict Shivaji’s era
Shivsrushti is a unique project of historic importance. It will be the largest project of its kind in the country. Shivsrushti will be a permanent exhibition depicting the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It will also have replicas of the forts from his empire. The GB of the PMC had approved the project in 2010. The civic body had finalised consultant in November 2010 for Shivsrushti. The project was awarded to ND’s Art World Pvt Ltd and Sandip Shikre and Associates from Mumbai in a joint venture.