Pune municipal corporation’s 15 plots leased out for metro

The Pune municipal corporation (PMC) has agreed to handover at least 15 plots to Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha-Metro) for various purposes at the cost at Rs 1 rent per plot per year.

Anil Muley, head, deputy commissioner and establish department, PMC said, “PMC will be handing over 15 plots at 15 locations at a rent of Rs 1 per year per plot for erecting entry and exit for Metro stations.”

Earlier, the Maha-Metro had submitted a proposal to the Pune municipal corporation and demanded the land at various places near the proposed metro stations. The areas include Mayur Colony, Kothrud (Monopol), Pulachi Wadi, Shivajinagar (Entry exit services), Sambhaji Garden, JM Road (Foot over bridge), Sambhaji Garden (Station facility), Sambhaji Garden (Staircase and lift), Four places at Balgandharva (Entry/exit and footpath), PMC main building (Foot over bridge), LBT building PMC (Foot over bridge entry/exit), Ruby Hall station (Rama bai Ambedkar garden) entry /exitand Band Garden (Foot over bridge).

The Pune municipal corporation had agreed to handover the plots to Maha-Metro on a lease for 30 years, on the condition that the land would be used for the same purposes as agreed upon by the two parties. If there is a change in plan, then Maha-Metro should get prior permission from the PMC. As per the land lease policy, PMC can handover the plots to the government authority without the tender process.

The total area of these 15 plots is 3,472 squre metres and the market price is Rs 23.12 crore.

According to officials The total land requirement for the metro project in the city is 44 hectares. The state government and the Pune Municipal Corporation has handed over at least 95 percent of the total land required within a period of one year. Now, the Metro has got the government’s land for the project and only land acquisition from the private persons is left to be done. Metro would need private land at Kasba peth for carrying out the underground work. The dialogue with the private land owners have already started. Metro officials are positive that the phases of the project would be completed as per the schedule.

24-hr ultimatum to Swargate hawkers to shift to new places

The Pune Municipal Corporation had given ultimatum to the hawkers at Swargate on Wednesday and instructed them to relocate to newly allotted places within the next 24 hours.

A total of 155 hawkers have their stalls at the busy Swargate junction. As the Maharashtra Metro rail corporation Limited (Maha-Metro) is in need of this space for carrying out the work of multimodel hub, it has appealed to the PMC to handover the plot and hence the ultimatum from the civic body to the hawkers.

Maha-Metro has been carrying out underground metro rail work near Swargate and it is difficult for heavy machinery to continue with the work due to hawkers.

In the letter written to the PMC commissioner Saurabh Rao, Maha-Metro has said that the work is getting delayed as the hawkers are not shifting from the spot. As a result, commissioner has taken note of the metro’s demand and instructed anti-encroachment department to shift the hawkers to another places.

Maha-Metro has borne the cost for erecting new shops for the hawkers at the land near Mitramandal chowk. Though hawkers agreed to rehabilitate initially, they are now not willing to shift from Swargate.

“PMC had given an ultimatum of 24 hours to the hawkers. If they don’t shift to the newly alloted places, then PMC will shift them forcefully,” said Madhav Jagtap, head, anti-encroachment department.

A hawker on condition of anonymity said that they would be shifting to the new place, but are worried about the volume of business in the new places.

The Metro is digging the shaft which is like big well near Swargate. Two tunnel boring machines would enter from this shaft in the ground and carry out the tunnel work for Underground metro work between Shivajinagar and Swargate.

First Published:
May 16, 2019 15:25 IST

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