THE road-widening work at Warje-Shivane resumed on Tuesday after the survey conducted by the land records department along with the remaining departments—the municipal body authorities, revenue department—indicated that the land belongs to the government.
Earlier, the NDA had opposed the road-widening process, claiming that the land belonged to them, leading to a deadlock with the civic body. This had the Pune district collector intervening and instructing for a re-survey of the land.
“The land survey was conducted and it has been found out that the stretch, which the NDA officials claim to be theirs, is indeed government land. They have agreed with the records and work has resumed on Tuesday and the municipal commissioner has informed that the road-widening process has commenced,’’said Pune District Collector Saurabh Rao.
Even as a detailed report has been sought regarding the title of the land, he said that the land survey department officials have informed that the land belonged to the Public Works Department (PWD) authorities and not the defence, as they had cited, and so the work was restarted.
NDA authorities on Monday had asked for the survey report and requested for ratification of the report and had extended full cooperation to abide by the survey report.
After Bopkhel row between the villagers of Bopkhel and the College of Military Engineering (CME) regarding the road within the campus, the issue of road widening for Warje-Shivane outside yet another defence establishment_ the National Defence Academy (NDA) had taken a back seat—regarding ownership of land which saw the NDA officials stopping the widening work undertaken by the PMC last Friday. With the imbroglio between the PMC and NDA, the Pune district collector called for a meeting of all stakeholders on Saturday to address and resolve the issue.