Baner, 23rd March 2023: A 200 meters stretch of a 36-meter DP road connecting Baner-Pashan in Pune has remained unfinished since 2014 due to demands from landowners for cash compensation that has increased the project’s cost almost five times to Rs 54 crore.
As a result, the 60,000 residents of the area have been adversely affected, causing inconvenience and traffic congestion. Despite efforts by residents, including filing a PIL in the Bombay High Court, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has failed to find a solution to the problem. PMC’s road department executive engineer admitted that the high compensation demands by landowners have halted the project’s progress.
The PMC’s land and estate and building permission department is exploring the possibility of offering reserved land to the landowners as compensation. Notices have been sent to landowners, and suggestions and objections are being sought. The issue could be resolved by paying two times the ready reckoner rates after paying 30% of the land valuation to the collector’s office.
The DP road’s delay has led to residents facing increased travel time and distance, affecting their daily lives. PMC needs to work with landowners and residents to complete the project and alleviate the inconvenience caused to the people.