Sumit Singh & Tikam Shekhawat
Camp, 8th February 2024: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis envisions the Pune Ring Road as a catalyst for new opportunities and substantial economic growth, predicting an infusion of Rs 2.5 lakh crore into the Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, and PMRDA regions.
Fadnavis inaugurated various development works in the Pune Cantonment Assembly Constituency, including the inauguration of a new residential building for class IV employees of Sassoon Hospital, modernization of Mahatma Gandhi Pulgate Bus Stand, development of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar statue area, renovation of Sangameshwar Ganesh Visarjan Ghat and Shelter Home for Citizens at Sangam Ghat. He was speaking during groundbreaking ceremony of Dharmaveer Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj Botanical Garden.
Fadnavis emphasized the road’s pivotal role in shaping Pune’s future development. The Pune Ring Road, vital for the region’s progress, is on track with 80 percent of land acquisition completed. Fadnavis disclosed plans for the road to connect with the metro system, incorporating a Skybus link to ease transportation to institutions in the IT park area. Additionally, a 9 km missing link between Khopoli and Khandala aims to reduce travel distance between Mumbai and Pune, addressing traffic congestion.
He added, “In tandem with infrastructure development, Pune is witnessing various schemes, including a 24 X 7 water supply initiative and a riverfront development program. Notably, the Pune city has introduced the country’s first fleet of electric buses through PMPML, setting a precedent for other cities. The rapid pace of metro construction, highlighted by the underground test from Civil Court to Swargate Metro station, reflects Pune’s commitment to a sustainable and efficient public transportation network.”
However, challenges persist in the Pune Cantonment Assembly Constituency due to Defence Department regulations. Funds will be pursued to the Cantonment Board as refunds are given in the form of Goods and Service Tax like Municipal Corporations. He assured that a meeting will be held with the Pune Municipal Corporation, Urban Development Department and all related departments in the near future regarding the implementation of the scheme in the municipal sector to the Cantonment Board, and the pending development works in the Cantonment Board will be sorted out, Fadnavis assured
“Proposals for slum rehabilitation on railway land and positive discussions with the central government indicate a comprehensive approach to urban issues. Railways will be given land or compensation”, he informed.
Higher and Technical Education Minister Chandrakant Patil, MLA Bhimrao Tapkir, Madhuri Misal, Siddharth Shirole, Sunil Kamble, former Minister Dilip Kamble, former MP Sanjay Kakade, former MLA Jagdish Mulik, Yogesh Tilekar, former Mayor Muralidhar Mohol etc were present on this occasion.
Minister Patil highlighted the state’s development momentum, emphasizing completed infrastructure projects and ongoing initiatives. MLA Kamble commended the government’s allocation of Rs 90 crores for Pune Cantonment Constituency’s development in the past year and a half. The prospect of merging the cantonment with the municipal corporation, as initiated by the central government, offers hope for citizens in the area.
As the government focuses on holistic development, former Minister Kamble shared his thoughts on the occasion, emphasizing the importance of ongoing projects and collaborative efforts for the region’s prosperity.