With no police protection in place, Pune’s Bhama Askhed project yet to take off
A police official on condition of anonymity said that police are unwilling to give protection to any project before the elections results are announced on May 23.Updated: May 15, 2019 15:45 IST
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has been unable to complete the Bhama Askhed dam water pipeline project with the rural police yet to provide police protection.
Saurabh Rao, Pune municipal commissioner, held a meeting with Naval Kishore Ram, district collector, and rural police on May 8 in which it was agreed that the police would give security for the civic body to start work from May 10. However, rural police are yet to give police protection.
Pravin Gedam, PMC officer incharge of the pipeline laying work, said, “PMC has deposited ₹5 crore with the district collector for giving compensation to farmers. We would start work after police protection is in place.”
Sunil Pawar, police inspector from Chakan, said their team is ready to give protection for the work. “We are ready, but need more personnel,” he said.
A police official on condition of anonymity said that police are unwilling to give protection to any project before the elections results are announced on May 23.
As the work on the project is getting delayed due to opposition from farmers, PMC has taken a stand of completing the same with police protection. Rao said, “The cost of water pipeline project is at least ₹400 crore. At least 80 per cent work is completed and the rest is held up because of repeated agitations by farmers.”
The state government and PMC are positive to reach an amicable solution. Even the ₹15 lakh per hectare compensation demanded by farmers was met, before they keep changing their demands. Rao said, “The divisional commissioner’s office and the collectorate are working on the issue. The issue will be resolved soon.”
First Published: May 15, 2019 15:36 IST