Pune: An amount of Rs 185 crore was approved by the State government for acquisition of land for the Chandni Chowk flyover project.
The project aims to solve the long-pending traffic problem in the area and on Thursday, the government finally decided to give the sum for the project.
The project was being delayed due to heavy land acquisition cost.
Now, after having received the approval, the work is likely to speed up.
Medha Kulkarni, a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Kothrud constituency gave information regarding the decision by the State government. She said, “From last one year, the project has been stuck due to lack of money for the land acquisition. Now, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has sanctioned Rs 185 crore to acquire land for the project.”
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari had performed the ‘bhumi pujan’ for the project in August last year.
The cost of the project is estimated to be around Rs 450 crore. National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) had floated the tender of the project. However, the work was yet to begin as the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had not granted the land to begin the project.
The project requires 14 hectares of land. Of which corporation is able to acquire around three hectares of land till date.
National Highway Authority of India needs at least five hectares of land to start the project work.