Baner Pashan Link road saga: Residents take to streets over delay

Nearly 300 people held a peaceful protest seeking widening and completion of the link road

pune Updated: Oct 07, 2017 23:34 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Residents of societies in and around the Baner Pashan Link road organised a peaceful protest on Saturday.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

Nearly 300 residents of Baner-Pashan Link road undertook a peaceful protest, on Saturday, outside the Rolling Hills society chowk demanding road widening and completion of the 120-feet Baner Pashan Link road.

This protest was organised by Baner Pashan Link road Vikas Samitee (BPLRVS) with old and young people holding banners and placards demanding answers from the municipal authorities. The residents stood in stoic silence alongside the three corners of the chowk.

BPLRVS is a welfare association with over 60 residential societies and a population of 10,000. With many more residential projects in the pipeline in this area, the area’s population is likely to increase to 25,000 people.

“The connectivity has been severely hampered due to incomplete roads with the most important being the 36 metre Baner Pashan Link road, from Wakeshwar chowk on Sus Pashan road to Rolling Hills chowk, as per the development plan (DP) of 1993. This road is pending due to the delay in land acquisition of several plots by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

Seema Agarwal, vice-president of the residents’ association said, “For the last eight years, I am paying my property tax diligently, but there is no access road to my society. I bought my flat because it was overlooking the 120-feet road which would connect us to the Pashan road. We do not have proper water connections either. Why tax us if you are not giving us proper roads. We commute through the old link road which is smaller and need to take a roundabout and to reach the societies.”

Rahul Kokate, corporator of the area, too, joined the protest. “ We have had plenty of meetings with the society members and have been working on getting this 120-feet DP road to become operational. We have been fighting for this for last eight years, and have been setting up meetings and acting as a bridge between the landowners and farmers whose land is yet to be acquired. There are two landowners who are still refusing to give their land as PMC is yet to offer a proper compensation,” Kokate said.

There are a total of six landowners who are willing to help, provided they are compensated well enough by the PMC. Chaitanya Rajguru, a resident, said, “This road lacks a systematic traffic management and also witnesses fatal accidents.

PMC officials, Dinkar Gojare, executive engineer and Vijay Patil from the road department, arrived at the spot to hold a meeting with the residents. “Land acquisition is the main problem. We have the contractor, budget provision of ₹5 crore and we have executed about 600-metre length of the road. Remaining land is the problem as two-three owners have been citing their own problems. We also have support of the city engineer and other departments to help resolve this issue. We will discuss the issues with the commissioner within this week to solve things.”

First Published: Oct 07, 2017 23:26 IST