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Pune Municipal Corporation sanctions Rs 1 crore for Ganga Kingston approach road construction; to begin work soon

After being directed by top PMC administrative officials, deputy engineer Shramik Shankar Shevate and junior engineer Sneha Waghchaure visited the site where the road construction has been pending for the past six years.

pune Updated: Feb 13, 2018 17:56 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Pune Municipal Corporation,Rs 1 crore for Ganga Kingston
A team of citizen activists will monitor the road construction and its quality.(HT PHOTO)

A week after Hindustan Times highlighted the pathetic condition of the approach road to Ganga Kingston, Gemini Park and Raheja Vista residential societies, the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) roads department sent two engineers to meet the area residents to hear out their grievances and demands. Following the meeting, the PMC sanctioned Rs 1 crore towards the road construction project and guaranteed the residents that the work will begin soon.

PMC roads department head Rajendra Raut said, “ We had sent two engineers to meet the people and learn more about their requirements and demands. After the meeting, we decided to construct the road as soon as possible and will be spending Rs 1 crore towards the project, which will begin on Monday. As it is a crucial road which is used by many, we are trying to finish the work within two months.”

After being directed by top PMC administrative officials, deputy engineer Shramik Shankar Shevate and junior engineer Sneha Waghchaure visited the site where the road construction has been pending for the past six years. They pacified the irate residents saying that a cement concrete road would be constructed on the entire stretch in a few months.

The issue came into the limelight after Ganga Kingston residents wrote to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis complaining that PMC was deliberately not constructing the road and was working against the people of the area.

The roads department has already released a Rs 1 crore tender, which has been approved and sanctioned.

Ganga Kingston society secretary, Daljeet Goraya, welcomed the development and said that the residents can hope for a new road in the next few months. “We want the PMC roads department to honour the oral promise it made before the residents of Mohammadwadi and finish the road construction as soon as possible. A team of citizen activists will monitor the road construction and its quality. We have requested PMC to incorporate good streetlights, trees, road dividers and a drainage infrastructure system in the area. The residents will work closely with the PMC administration and will also spread awareness about their rights and duties in the days to come. Our main demand before the PMC has been to first construct the 18-metre stretch before Raheja Vista on top priority. Currently, PMC suffers from a trust deficit (from the residents) and it can only be regainedafter the construction of the road,” he said.

Another area resident, Rutuja Pawar, said, “The road construction has been one of the issues that the residents have been constantly scrutinising. Senior citizens, patients, school children, pregnant women and others had been subjected to untold suffering due to the unconstructed road. The PMC’s decision to construct a road with immediate effect has definitely brought a smile on the residents’ faces,” she added.

Earlier, Goraya had filed a Right to Information (RTI) request before the PMC roads department regarding the details of the said road, the reply for which is awaited till date. The residents were forced to take up the matter with the Prime Minister’s Office and Chief Minister’s Office after their requests to the PMC commissioner Kunal Kumar failed to yield any response. A complaint regarding the pathetic condition of the road was also given to Pune police commissioner Rashmi Shukla earlier. The residents view the prompt decision by the PMC as a symbol of the citizens’ movement, which is successfully bringing about changes in the civic infrastructure.

First Published: Feb 13, 2018 17:56 IST