DEFENCE MINISTER Manohar Parrikar Sunday said he would visit Pune May 31 and discuss the Red Zone and other defence land issues in Pimpri-Chinchwad.
Chinchwad MLA Laxman Jagtap, who met Parrikar on Sunday along with other BJP leaders, said he handed over a memorandum to the defence minister and discussed issues relating to Pimpri-Chinchwad with him. “The Defence Minister said he will visit Pune again on May 31, when issues relating to Pimpri-Chinchwad could be discussed,” he said.
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Jagtap said he told Parrikar there are many defence installations within the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s (PCMC’s) jurisdiction. “As such, there are various issues related to land and roads passing through the defence estates. There have been continuous coordinated efforts by the civic administration and local elected representatives to resolve these issues. Despite concentrated efforts, many issues have not been resolved,” he said.
Jagtap said sanction for an 18m wide road in Pimple Saudagar has been accorded by the Ministry of Defence. “Due to objections from a private landowner, a joint measurement from the city survey office was carried out and a revised proposal of the road has been sent to the defence estate. A joint inspection has been done with the defence officers, PCMC officers and the private landowner. PCMC has already deposited a partial payment of Rs 1.75 crore but defence officers obstructed the road work started by the civic body. I requested the minister that it be allowed to resume work as it is ready to pay the balance amount as soon as it is instructed,” he said.
Jagtap said there was an existing road according to the village map for the use of villagers from Kunjir Wasti to Rakshak Chowk. “This road has been provided for the use of villagers by defence authorities since 1951. For the convenience of the defence department, the road was closed and it provided an alternate road for villagers in 1997. Accordingly, this eight metre wide road from Kunjir Wasti to Rakshak Chowk was provided for the villagers. Now, this road is also being closed frequently by defence authorities. An amicable solution needs to be taken so as to avoid regular flash points between defence authorities and local citizens,” said Jagtap.
Jagtap said much has been said about the road from Bopkhel village through the College of Military Engineering, Dapodi. “After different options were explored by the civic administration, it has been concluded that the existing road is the best and most economic solution to the dispute. There is a need to find a permanent solution to this problem.”
Jagtap said he told the minister that the issue regarding imposition of restrictions around the Dehu Ammunition Depot and Dighi Magazine has been pending for long. “Thousands of residential structures have been constructed within the prohibited zone before and after restrictions were imposed. Civic amenities too have been provided by the local administration to the residents of these structures. A human approach needs to be taken to resolve the complex issue,” he said.
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He added the PCMC has deposited Rs 2.87 crore for the 8,801 sq m area as per the approved plan by the defence ministry for the ROB at Military Dairy Farm, Pimpri. “As per the request of defence authorities, PCMC has prepared a new alignment for the ROB in consultation with defence authorities. As per the revised alignment, PCMC requires at least 24,044 sq m and a proposal for it has been sent to the defence ministry on May 6, 2015. The ministry’s sanction is required for the revised alignment and in the meantime, approval is required from the defence department to start the proposed work of PCMC,” he said.