Govt to Plan Inclusive Development of Pune District with Professionals’ Help  – Bapat

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Guardian Minister and Officials Propose Developmental Issus in Credai Workshop

Pune, 20 Feb :  The Guardian Minister and the government officials  expressed their  commitment to the inclusive development of the Pune district including Pune Municipal Corporation, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and PMRDA area. Interacting with the construction industry stakeholders, Bapat said that emphasis would be given on crating Brand Pune and informed about the attempts to resolve infrastructural issues like roads, traffic, water and electricity.

The Principal Secretary of the Urban Development Ministry Dr. Nitin Kareer, District Collector Saurabh Rao, PMRDA’s CEO Mahesh Zagade, PMC Commissioner Kunal Kumar, PCMC Commissioner Rajiv Jadhav, PMPML MD Abhishek Krisha, MLA Bheemrao Tapkir, CREDAI-Pune Metro President Shantilal Kataria, MBVA president Sudhir Darode among others attended the workshop.

The workshop saw the discussions taking place on issues like infrastructure development in the Pune division, traffic improvement in the Integrated Road Development Plan and preventing encroachments, planning for the water storage and distribution, DP and DCR of the Pune, no objection certificate from the Airport Authority of India, Tathavade DP, cluster development in the PCMC and PMRDA area.

In his address, Bapat said, “A time-bound plan for the development of the Pune city has been prepared. Regular meetings will be held with the concerned departments for its speedy implementation. The Chief Minister has also given special attention to the Pune’s development and the government gives emphasis on the housing sector. To resolve the traffic problem, underpass and over-bridges are planned at important points. Instructions have been given to remove the encroachments on the DP road. Necessary modifications will be made to the rules to bring about ease in the construction professionals’ work”.

He said that the time limit would be set for the works done through PMRDA so that people would not be forced to come frequently. The realtors should avail the facilities themselves or through their representatives to avoid unnecessary rush and misdeeds. Because of photo checking of the visitors and CCTV shooting, the middlemen will be constrained.

Credai’s vice president Manish Jain said, “१७८००० employments were generated this year due to IT companies. It will grow to 5 lakhs next year. And yet, the companies in the Hinjewadi area shifting to other places because of bad roads. Hence, the infrastructure in this area needs to be improved”.

Mr. Rao said, “We did not foresee the infrastructure in the Hinjewadi area becoming inadequate so soon. The capacity of the roads has diminished as more than expected people came here. The Guardian Minister has given preference to rebuilding the roads in HInjewadi. The land acquisition issues there will be resolved soon. The blockages on the roads will be removed. Looking at the city’s growth in the future, the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is insisting on the development of National Highways”.

Credai‘s Vice President Shrikant Paranjape said, “Planning is must for the road constructions and removing encroachments on it.“ MLA Tapkir also expressed concern over the encroachments on the road to which, Bapat instructed that special campaigns should be taken to remove the encroachments. Bapat said that the memorandum submitted by Credai should be given due consideration in this regard.

Paranjape said that proper planning of water is must in view of the Pune’s growth. Seeing the various suggestions on the issue of water, Bapat suggested that a White Paper should be issued in the matter.

Rajesh Chaudhari expressed concern over the misuse of the Right to Information to which Kareer said that problems in this regard will be allayed because of the online system. Credai’s Vice President Anil Pharande said the rules in the BRT, DP and new DCR need to be changed.

Abhishek Krishna said that only 2100 buses are plying on roads when the need was for 3000 buses. He said that for the smooth traffic, planning is being done according to the school and industry timings. A request has been made to MIDC to get the land for the parking lot to which Manish Jain showed readiness to give land. The PMPML can achieve considerable saving of money through this.

Ajit Relekar informed about the novel measures being used for the Metro Jeep service. Bapat suggested that if a fee is levied on trucks for entering MIDC area, the truck would not park on the roads.

The demands were made on the occasion that the digging charges being paid to MSEDCL should be reduced which is double the commercial rates now and a meeting should be held with the officials regarding the problems faced by the construction industry in SRA scheme.

Shantilal Kataria welcomed the guests while Suhas Merchant gave vote of thanks.