Tuesday, 14 February 2017

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Friday, 3 February 2017

City’s Ring Road Project Brought Back on Track

A commitment ring it was for Pune's populace, a promise that the city would never have to be choked by burgeoning traffic. And, it took almost three decades and much bureaucratic meandering to make that project edge to a fruition.
The High Capacity Mass Transit Route (HCMTR) — the proposed ring road for the city, lying in cold storage since 1987 — is finally ready to take wing, with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) appointing a private consultant to make a detailed project report (DPR) and set the ball rolling. A visit by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis last week and his directives about restructuring HCMTR's route alignment has prodded the project back to life. At the standing committee meeting on Tuesday, PMC assigned Mumbai-based STUP Consultants Pvt Ltd to complete a DPR within three months.
Speaking to Mirror, Rajendra Raut, the superintending engineer of PMC's road department, said, "The DPR includes a feasibility report, geometric study, traffic study, design and estimation of the project. The civic body has roughly estimated a project cost of around Rs 7,000 crore. Till 2015, it had estimated a cost of Rs 150 crore per kilometre. However, due to encroachment and unavailability of land, we have given the option of an elevated road. A part of the proposed route cuts through defence land, so we have also considered realigning it, with an around two-kilometre extension to the existing route map." For now, PMC has given Rs 90 lakh to STUP to complete the DPR. The HCMTR will stretch to 34 kilometres and be a 24-metre wide road that would pass within the corporation's limits. It has been designed for heavy vehicles and public transport to ease the traffic congestion within the city. The ring road was first proposed in 1982 and later included in the PMC's development plan (DP) of 1987. The total land required for HCMTR is about 8.16 lakh kilometres, which passes through the old city limit. Out of that, PMC has been able to acquire about 2.5 lakh square metres of land in the last 29 years. Another 5.66 lakh square metres of land is yet to be acquired. For 16 kms of the route, the civic body will have to acquire land from private land owners. About 3.88 kms of the route passes via land owned by the irrigation department. The route also cuts through the Pune and Khadki cantonment areas as well as forest department land. Former deputy mayor Aba Bagul, who pursued the HCMTR project and inspected the entire route, said, "There is 30 per cent encroachment on the route. The Dandekar Bridge area in Kondhwa is among the places that have been encroached upon. On a few other parts of the route, the PMC has already given building permission. So now, it has to make an elevated road on those parts. The project has gathered steam after the appointment of the private consultant. It has finally kicked off now." Last year, the corporation had formed a special cell for the HCMTR, under the chairmanship of additional municipal commissioner Omprakash Bakoria, city engineer Prashant Waghmare, land acquisition department head Madhav Jagtap, three junior engineers and one assistant engineer. Rajshekar, transportation engineer of STUP Consultants, elaborated on how the company will chalk out the report, saying, "For the HCMTR, we have to give priority to heavy vehicles and public transport, excluding autorickshaws and two-wheelers. There is construction on some bits of the route, so we have to design an elevated road in some parts of the city. Public transport is not that efficient in the city, owing to which the number of private vehicles has increased. So, we have to keep in mind ways to boost public transport and decrease private vehicles by developing the route. Our company has even developed a similar route in Hyderabad, which connects the city to the airport and is fully elevated. In Pune, we cannot make the entire road elevated as it passes through the city area." The DPR includes a feasibility report, geometric study, traffic study, design and estimation of the project. The civic body has roughly estimated a project cost of around Rs 7,000 crore

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

AAI team visits Purandar again, finds factors feasible for Pune International Airport

THE PROPOSED Pune international airport plan got a further push on Sunday with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) team visiting Pargaon Memane in Purandar taluka of the district yet again after the preliminary survey was conducted on September 3.
The team, comprising 15 officials, two directors from the Airports Authority of India, Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) officials and district officials conducted an aerial and ground survey of the land to assure themselves of the technical feasibility of the area for the proposed airport site.

The airport plan for the city has been pending for the last 10 years because of a want of a suitable site, which can be acquired without opposition from the local villagers.
“We did two hours of flying and then followed it up with a road survey. We feel that the Pargaon Memane site in Purandar is feasible as there is enough availability of land. Moreover, the local residents too are willing to support this project in the area,” said MADC Deputy Chairman Vishwas Patil.
He said the next step after the review is the Ground Level Obstacle Survey, which will collect and validate necessary aeronautical, terrain and obstruction data. Runway ends, nearby obstructions and other critical points would also be monitored by the survey team if required, said Patil.
He said that the survey would cost up to Rs 15-20 lakh and would be done within eight to 10 days.
The team constituted AAI director JK Dutta and Principal Secretary, civil aviation, Sham Lal Goel and revenue officials. The team surveyed Pargaon Memane, Ekhatpur, Munjawadi and Khanwadi villages.
Pune District Collector Saurabh Rao said that the team did both aerial and ground survey of the area and found that the area meets all the parameters required technically for the runways. “The required land for the two runways is there at the site and the area seems feasible according to the team,” he said.
The team has come twice in a week’s time as there is a push from the Centre and state, especially from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, officials said.
Paragaon Memane reduces the distance from the city to about 40 km, officials said. Water Resources Minister Vijay Shivtare, who belongs to Purandar, has been extremely proactive in having the project over in this taluka.
“This airport is absolutely essential as it will bring about better connectivity and will definitely reap benefits for the city, will be profitable and be a progressive step for the district,” said Patil. The team was expected to get back within two weeks but with the push from the Centre, they were back in a week’s time, he said.
In the last survey, the existing two sites in Khed taluka too was shown to the team following sites at Waghapur and Rajewadi in Purandar and on Sunday, more areas were shown in Purandar itself. “The local leaders are forthcoming and so are the local residents and everything seems positive as of now,” he added.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also the chairman of the MADC, had tweeted about the survey on August 23 giving a boost to the pending proposal.

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