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Nashik Phata flyover plan keeps hanging

The Nashik Phata flyover — touted as the first of its kind in the state that will fly over river,road and railway — has hit another bottleneck.

Written by MANOJ MORE | Pune |
July 23, 2009 4:10:36 am

The Nashik Phata flyover — touted as the first of its kind in the state that will fly over river,road and railway — has hit another bottleneck. This time,the World Bank is playing the ‘hardball’ as first it first forced the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to cancel its tender procedure and now has disapproved of tender conditions submitted by the civic administration. The World Bank has come into picture after the civic administration sought a loan of around Rs 93 crore to construct the flyover at Nashik Phata chowk.

The World Bank was supposed give its approval to the civic tender on Tuesday. However,on Tuesday night,the civic administration received a note from the World Bank raising certain objections which the civic officials are not ready to reveal. “There are certain points raised by the World Bank. We are trying to ensure their complaince,” Municipal Commissioner Asheesh Sharma said on Wednesday. Officials said at least thrice the World Bank has asked the civic administration to make changes in the tender as per their requirement which has only further delayed the much-delayed Nashik Phata flyover work.

The work on the flyover was slated to take off in June. However,the civic body had to cancel the tender procedure after the World Bank asked it to submit it as per their requirement. After submitting the format,the civic body has been playing the waiting game,only to be told to revise the format. “Basically,it is about the tender conditions. They want certain conditions imposed and a few revised which is their standard formate,” Sharma said. Corporator Maruti Bhapkar said the civic general body has already opposed the move to procure loan from the World Bank. “Several corporators are against the taking loan from the World Bank or any other bank. On top of this,the civic body has to now follow the dictates of the World Bank,” he said.

The PCMC was forced to go for World Bank loan as the flyover plan was rejected under JNNURM. “The Central Government does not give permission for flyover under JNNURM. We have now submitted the plan for four flyovers amount to Rs 350 crore. The construction of Nashik Phata flyover is the first project being taken up on priority,” the commissioner said. “The other flyovers are coming up at KSB chowk,Dange chowk and Empire Estate,all in Chinchwad,” said city engineer Eknath Ugile.

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Over five years ago,NCP chief Sharad Pawar had performed the bhoomi pujan of the Nashik Phata flyover. Then,it was estimated to cost Rs 30 crore and now its cost has gone up to Rs 93 crore. Sharma said before the elections,the work will take off. “I think before the poll code comes into force we will start the project,” Sharma said.

The 1,100-metre-long overbridge is said to be the only one in the state that will fly over road,rail and the river. From Nashik Phata Chowk to Wakad,the PCMC plans to construct a 7.79-km road that will emerge directly on the Katraj Bypass,facilitating easy travel to Satara and Mumbai. The Nashik Phata to Wakad road at a cost Rs 100 crore will be part of the Bus Rapid Transit System.

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