The city improvement committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Friday decided in favour of the residents in the vicinity of the Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT),to keep the road passing through the campus open for public use. The MIT had requested the PMC to turn the land into a residential zone for the institute,which would have restricted the entry of public.
The urban development department had told the PMC to complete a procedure to cancel the 12-metre-wide road in Kothrud survey number 123 part+124 part. The road was earmarked in the Development Plan 1987.
However,the MIT authorities had requested the civic body to convert it into a residential zone. Accordingly,the subject was tabled before the general body,which approved the same and suggestions and objections from citizens were sought. Within a month,four housing societies Savli Cooperative Housing Society,Shiv Parvati Gruh Rachana Sanstha,Yashashri Cooperative Housing Society and Girija Cooperative Housing Society and Shiv Sena leader in PMC Shyam Deshpande submitted their objection letters.
Residents in the MIT area demanded that the road should not be cancelled since it was a crucial approach road in the locality and scrapping it would greatly inconvenience the locals.
Taking into consideration the objections raised by the society members,the CIC inspected the road,and after discussion with them,took a decision in favour of these societies.
Members of Savli society cited that the approach road of the childrens playground of the society goes via this DP road. Hence,it is necessary to keep it open for the public. The decision has come as a relief to the residents and the city improvement committee should be thanked for this, said Deshpande.