Pune Metro land acquisition hits PMC roadblock

pune Updated: Nov 01, 2017 14:44 IST
Abhay Khairnar
Abhay Khairnar
Hindustan Times, Pune

While the PMC has the ownership of the Metro project, Maha Metro is the executing body for the metro rail project. (Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

Food Corporation of India (FCI) and Agriculture College have given the nod for acquiring land for the Pune Metro project but despite having ownership of the Metro project, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has been slow in handing over the land at Kothrud and Swargate to the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha Metro).

While the PMC has the ownership of the Metro project, Maha Metro is the executing body for the metro rail project. This agency requires 44 hectares of land in various parts of the city. This includes 11.51 hectares land at Agriculture College for a maintenance depot at Shivajinagar and 12.11 hectares of land at the Kothrud garbage depot, also for a maintenance depot.

The project plan has listed its requirement of 2.67 hectares of land at Food Corporation of India’s Shivajinagar godown and land located at Swargate owned by PMC used for water supply purpose.

While the Maha Metro has managed to get an approval for the Agriculture College land and FCI land, which seemed difficult earlier, it is strangely facing difficulty in securing land that belongs to the PMC, namely at Swargate and Kothrud.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis instructed the Agriculture College to hand over the land for the Metro and the process for it has been completed. Maha Metro has already begun the land acquisition process and has begun the survey of the land. Earlier, there was lot of opposition for giving Agriculture College Land to the Metro project. Even NCP leader Sharad Pawar was opposed to this when he was the Union agriculture minister.

The Kothrud garbage depot land is owned by the PMC and has run into a controversy over the reservation for the Chhatrapati Shivaji Memorial on this land. NCP and other parties have been demanding the memorial on this land. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is of the view to shift the Shivaji Maharaj Memorial on some other land and keep this land reserved for the Metro project.Given the sensitivity of the issue, the government decided to handle this issue at the chief minister’s level. Recently, guardian minister Girish Bapat called a meeting with all party leaders and PMC officials to sort out the Kothrud land issue which is yet to be resolved.

With regards to the Swargate land used by the PMC’s water department, there is resistance to give more than 1.5 acres for the Metro project.

First Published: Nov 01, 2017 14:43 IST