The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will soon demolish 905 hutments behind YCM hospital in Mahatma Phulenagar area,as they are in the way of the civic body plan to construct a High Capacity Mass Transit Route (HCMTR).
Information about the demolition plan was given by Municipal Commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi to corporator Seema Savale.
The civic administration said there are 1,289 hutments in Mahatma Phulenagar area. Of these,only 345 are legal.
In his written reply,the PCMC chief said there was a plan to set up High Capacity Mass Transit Road passing through the area where the hutments now stand. Also,there is a plan to set up a PMPML depot in the area, he stated.
The Shiv Sena has,however,strongly opposed the move. Even before the civic administration has put out the details regarding the demolition plan,the Sena hit the streets demanding rehabilitation of people staying in the hutments. Shiv Sena MP Gajanan Babar,Sena youth wing leader Sarang Kamtekar and corporator Seema Salve led the protests.
PCMC has taken up rehabilitation of slums under Central Governments JNNURM-BSUP schemes. The state government has not set any conditions for resettlement of slum dwellers. So why is PCMC hesitating in deciding to rehabilitate these slum dwellers, asked Savale.
Mahatma Phulenagar is among the most dirty and stinking hutments in Pimpri-Chinchwad.
YCM hospital and the D Y Patil School is located close to the area,besides,a number of industrial units. The road that passes through the area is badly maintained. Men,women and children can be seen relieving themselves on the roadside through the day. PCMC officials have failed to keep the area clean. It is a sore sight and blot on the face of Pimpri-Chinchwad…There is stink in the area. Even though a former mayor Yogesh Behl stays in the area,he has not done much to keep the area clean, said activist Shridhar Chalkha.