Pune, 23rd September 2022: In case of any emergency, it is very difficult for rescue vehicles such as Fire Brigade or Ambulance to reach the Kumar Primavera Housing Society in Wadgaon Sheri. Even the school bus operators have started refusing to come and pick up school-going children. All this is because the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has given permission to builders to construct the housing complex but has not bothered or acted to build public access roads.
The Kumar Primavera Housing Society does not have a public access road. The residents are depending on a narrow piece of muddy and dangerous, a private passage which connects them with the external road. The situation is so bad that the senior citizens, pregnant ladies, school children and working category persons all are living under mixed feelings of fear and deprivation. They are in urgent need of the basic need of road connectivity with the rest of Pune.
The incomplete patches of road have now turned into dumping ground and have accumulated heaps of garbage. Illegal activities take place in the dark on such spots adding to the woes of the residents.
The Development Plan for Wadgaon Sheri, Kharadi was first drafted in the year 2005, by Pune Municipal Corporation and sanctioned by the Maharashtra State Government in 2012. It was then improved in 2014 and a 30-Meter-wide DP road between S. No 52 and S. No 53, offering access to the neighbourhood consisting of the Kumar Primavera Housing Society was sanctioned in the said Development Plan. The said access road remains incomplete even to date and several thousands of residents of the area are left with no access road.
The road has been partially constructed in the year 2014 and is existing alongside the Kumar Primavera Housing Society. Even after several representations, meetings with the Authorities and Elected representatives by the residents there is complete inaction from the Pune Municipal Corporation and others since (2007) for the past 15 years.
PMC executives have orally cited difficulty in acquiring land from private landowners. The PMC has the authority to acquire the land for completing the said DP Road. The issue is affecting over 550 residents of the Kumar Primavera Housing Society and 2000 residents of the region and the residents of Pune at large.
Speaking on behalf of the petitioner Advocate Satya Muley said, “The situation is very serious and it is a pity that for fundamental rights the residents of Pune have to every time approach the Bombay High court. The PMC is lacking on all fronts. Roads are incomplete, water supply is inadequate, property tax calculation and collection have problems, and amenity spaces in PMC jurisdiction are under question. For every such subject, the PMC is required to act in the interest of the public. On the contrary, the picture is that all over Pune the residents are struggling for basic civic amenities.
In any organized society, the right to live as a human being is not ensured by meeting only the animal needs of man. It is secured only when he is assured of all facilities to develop himself and is freed from restrictions which inhibit his growth. Access to public amenities such as access roads is a fundamental right of the residents of Kumar Primavera Society without which they are not able to live to their full potential. PMC cannot come up with a fictitious excuse for the shortage of funds or difficulty in acquiring land. Where there is a will, there is a way and if required, the law will take its way!”