Work on Pune’s Katraj to Kondhwa road likely to start soon
Contractors quoted a price 17% less than the estimated project cost.pune Updated: Dec 19, 2017 15:52 IST
The pending Katraj to Kondhwa road work is likely to start very soon as the project cost has come down by 17 per cent than the estimated cost in the tenders. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had floated tenders for it and contractors quoted a price 17 per cent less than the estimate cost.
The PMC had published tenders worth ₹215 crore for this road. This work includes two vehicle underpasses and three grade separators. The land acquisition cost has also been considered in it.The road work has been planned since this has become an accident-prone area due to heavy vehicular movement on this stretch. After the police banned heavy vehicles on Solapur road, vehicles heading towards Solapur, Kolhapur and Mumbai started using this road. There have been almost 24 deaths on this road in the last two years, according to the police.
The municipal administration opened the tenders for the road work and now they will forward it to the standing committee for the final approval.
The length of the road is 3.2 km but within this stretch, the PMC has planned three grade separators and two vehicle underpasses.
The Pune Municipal Corporation has made a budgetary provision of ₹27 crore for this road, but the standing committee chairman Murlidhar Mohol has assured that enough budgetary provision will be made for this road in the next fiscal.
Earlier, when PMC had published tenders for this road, the contractors quoted 34 per cent higher than the estimated cost and hence, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis scrapped the process despite getting the nod from the PMC general body.
After that the municipal administration again floated tenders for it. This time the contractors quoted 17 per cent less than the estimated cost.
Congress leader Arvind Shinde objected to the tender process and even challenged it in the high court. Shinde blamed that 80 per cent land for the road work has not been acquired yet. He also alleged that the PMC has drafted the terms and conditions of the project in such a way that a specific contractor gets awarded the work.
BJP MLA Yogesh Tilekar is aggressively following the work since the last three to four years. The standing committee will take a final decision on the project very soon.