Land documents for seven-year pending DP road in Mohammadwadi missing from PMC
Residents found that documents related to the land acquisition were missing from the PMC files as the officials of the building permissions department did not prepare them.Updated: Jun 03, 2018 16:29 IST
A citizen investigation, into the alleged road scam related to Shankarrao Ghule Patil road construction project in Mohammadwadi, has revealed that the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) building permission and road departments do not have the requisite documents of land acquisition. The civic body needs to acquire these documents in order to give building construction permissions and completion certificates.
The residents who are investigating the alleged scam blamed the two departments for their lethargy and unprofessionalism. Despite hundreds of pleas to top officials and political personalities of the country, including the Prime Minister, construction of the Shankarrao Ghule Patil road has been pending for the past seven years.
The investigation found that the officials of the building permission department had not prepared the land acquisition documents. However, PMC officials maintained that an internal investigation has been ordered to find out the culprits from the building permission and road department.
“The building permission department is the main culprit and mastermind of this road scam as it has not done any work. The PMC departments cannot escape from the scam and are now caught with evidence of their involvement in delaying the project and for helping the vested interests as against the honest tax-paying residents. We want the government to form a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the road scam in the area and arrest all the suspects who are actively working against the residents,” said Daljeet Goraya of NIBM annexe citizens watch group.
Goraya also wrote to the Prime Minister’s office seeking a CBI probe into the building permission and road departments, citing that the two departments were working against the residents and the civic administration.
Deepak Shah, another resident, said, “The two departments have not done their jobs in the past seven years. They are still delaying the road construction. With the onset of monsoon, it will be a good excuse to delay it further. The necessary paperwork was not done by them with the sole motive of troubling the residents and helping vested interests,” Shah said.
As many as 4,000 families are facing inconvenience due to the absence of a proper road. “The 18-metre road, sanctioned as a DP road, was to be constructed with cement concrete, and the road department had marked 9 metres of it a few days ago. However, vested interests in PMC are trying to sabotage the development work in the area,” Goraya said.
First Published: Jun 03, 2018 14:25 IST