The Pimpri-Chinchwad Muni-cipal Corporation (PCMC) on Monday sanctioned Rs 45 crore for the 138.9-metre bridge from Bopkhel to Khadki over the Mula river, thus addressing the concern of Bopkhel villagers, who have been deprived of access to a road within the College of Military Engineering (CME) to reach the Pune-Mumbai highway.
The issue has been pending for long, and with the temporary bridge being removed by CME authorities on June 7, matters have only worsened for the villagers. A meeting on the issue was held between the Pune district collector, CME authorities, AFK and Defence estate officials on May 30. The issue was also put before Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who had ordered a report to be readied and sent to his ministry.
Corporator Sanjay Kate said that with the PCMC General Body passing the resolution, tenders can be floated within 10 days to carry out the project. The issue of connectivity of Bopkhel residents has been in limbo as they have been denied access within CME, forcing them to to take a 12-km detour to reach the Pune-Mumbai highway.