Pune: Rs 200 Crore Approved For Widening Of Katraj-Kondhwa Road

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Pune, 16th May 2023: The issue of widening the Katraj-Kondhwa road, which has been stalled due to land acquisition and was turning into a death trap, is likely to be resolved. The state government has finally sanctioned a fund of Rs 200 crores to widen this road.

Therefore, while widening the 50-meter road, the stalled work will be cleared by giving cash as compensation to the property holders. Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself informed that this fund of 200 crores has been approved.

Katraj Kondhwa Road is important for smooth traffic in Southern Pune. At present, this road is 32 meters long, but it is insufficient, so the municipal corporation decided to widen it to 84 meters. At present only 28 per cent work has been done.

2.88 lakh square meters of space is required for this four-kilometer road. Out of that 58,000 square meter area, there is a road. So 66,000 square meters of land have been taken over. As the land acquisition of another 1.28 lakh square meters is required, the work of the project is at a standstill.

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is ready to pay compensation through TDR instead of cash to acquire the land. But at present, the TDR rates are falling so the land owners are not ready to take TDR.

If all the places are taken over in cash, it will cost Rs 815 crores, so the Municipal Corporation refused to help in cash and gave the option of TDR, a credit note. But as it is not affordable, the land owners have not handed over the land.

As per the DPR of the Municipal Corporation, Katraj Kondhwa Road was to be widened by 84 meters. But in January 2023, Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar inspected this road and decided to widen the main road to 50 meters instead of 84 meters in the first phase.

Due to this, the cost of land acquisition would be Rs 280 crores. It was clarified by the administration that Rs 200 crores will be taken from the government. The municipal corporation had sent the proposal in this regard to the government.

NHAI has constructed a flyover at Chandni Chowk at a cost of around Rs 400 crore. In that, the municipal corporation had to bear the cost of land acquisition of about Rs 100 crores. This fund was made available by the state government. On the same lines, a proposal was sent for the state government to assist in the land acquisition of Katraj Kondhwa Road which has been approved. PMC has to pay Rs 80 crore for land acquisition.

Although Deputy Chief Minister Fadnavis has clarified that Rs 200 crore has been approved, this fund has not yet been received by the Municipal Corporation. Officials said that this fund is expected to accumulate by the end of May after the order issued by the state government in this regard.


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