The Standing Committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Tuesday decided to include the tiny rivulet of Ramnadi in its ambitious River Improvement Programme. Balasaheb Bodke, chairman of the Standing Committee, also told the media that the civic body would be appointing a special consultant for the yet-to-be-operational Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes.
Ramnadi, which flows mainly through Pashan and Baner, had wrecked havoc in Bavdhan and neighbouring areas during the flash floods in 2011. Rampant encroachment along its course was identified to be the major cause of the flash floods. This had even led local citizens to go on a hunger strike demanding action.
District authorities had then carried out a massive anti-encroachment drive along the Ramnadi and discussions to demarcate high and low flood lines for the rivulet were also initiated. The demarcation, however, failed to take off.
Bodke said that the decision to include Ramnadi in the River Improvement Programme was taken as it needs to be restored and developed as the Mula river. The project, touted to be a multi-crore one, aims to develop rivers and rivulets in Pune region.
Pollution levels in various rivers of Pune had prompted the then Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh to make adverse remarks. Both Mula and Mutha rivers and their tributaries would see development work under the scheme.
On the other hand, the standing committee on Tuesday also gave permission to appoint Urban Mass Transit Company Limited as a special consultant to the 17-km yet-to-be-operational BRT routes. Bodke said that the company would be paid Rs 75 lakhs.
“The company has successfully consulted the Ahmedabad Janmarg and the BRT in Punjab and other areas,” Bodke said, adding that the new routes would include the 7-km stretch at Aundh in PMC, the 7-km stretch connecting the PMC building to Bopodi and the 3-km stretch from Sangamwadi to PMC. However, on being quizzed about the performance of the previous consultants, Bodke refused to comment.