Pune District Collector Saurabh Rao will write to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for reinstallation of the temporary bridge connecting Bopkhel to Pune-Mumbai highway. The temporary bridge was dismantled by the College of Military Engineering (CME) on June 7, taking precautions ahead of the monsoon season.
In a meeting conducted on Thursday under the district collector, it was decided that a letter will be written to the Defence authorities for reinstallation of the temporary bridge, while discussion on the permanent bridge took place in presence of the Defence estate officials, Khadki CEO, CME officials, AFK, 512 base workshop, station commandant, local corporators as well as irrigation officials.
“The bridge was dismantled in the first week of June, and now, with the rains about to end, we can request to reinstall the temporary bridge so that the residents of Bopkhel are not inconvenienced. It will take at least two years to construct the new bridge and a temporary bridge has to be provided now,” said Rao after the meeting.
The collector said the issues the Defence establishments had with regards to the permanent bridge had been cleared and the irrigation officials would ensure that the construction did not fall within the blue line, said the collector. The permanent bridge would be from Bopkhel to Khadki and there were four different options which were discussed and the final decision would be taken by the PCMC commissioner, said a PCMC official. PCMC Commissioner Dinesh Waghmare was not present at the meeting.
Corporator Sanjay Kate who attended the meeting said the delay on the construction would include the cost of construction. Earlier, it was estimated that the construction cost would be at least Rs 14 crore but with the reallignment, the cost would go up to Rs 45 crore as they would have to take another route as the present proposed bridge fell within the floodline, said the official.
The issue has been pending for long and with the temporary bridge removed on June 7, the situation has worsened for the villagers. The issue of connectivity of Bopkhel residents has been in limbo as they have been denied access within the CME, forcing them to take a 12-km detour to reach the Pune-Mumbai highway.