The plans of Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) to take over the responsibility of Metro rail and High Capacity Mass Transit Route (HCMTR) was turned down by the representatives of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).
Incidentally, the NCP is in power in PMC and PCMC while the PMRDA is headed by Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, who is a BJP leader.
However, the PMRDA unanimously passed a resolution to seek the state government’s permission for extending the area of the metropolitan region that would include 850 villages in its jurisdiction as against the 415 at present. The meeting of authority was held at its Pradhikaran office on Friday.
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“The proposal of PMRDA administration for taking over the Metro rail project and HCMTR was turned down. The PMC and PCMC representatives said that the Metro rail is going to be implemented by special purpose vehicle and so there was no need of handing it to the PMRDA. Instead, the PMRDA representatives should be included in SPV as the Metro rail would also likely be extended in their region,” said Mayor Dattatraya Dhankawade.
He said the PMC and PCMC also rejected the demand of PMRDA to take the responsibility to construct HCMTR.
“The PMC and PCMC are in the process of acquiring land for the project. It is in very advanced stage and so the PMC and PCMC took a stand that the project could not be handed over to PMRDA,” Dhankawade said, adding the outer ring road would be constructed by PMRDA.
The authority unanimously took a decision to propose extending the metropolitan region by further 20 km than that declared by the state government, Dhankawade said.
“The existing metropolitan region had 415 villages falling in it jurisdiction and extending the boundaries would mean 850 villages would come in its area. This was being done to ensure proper development of the metropolitan region that was growing at a faster pace,” he said.
The state government has sought the opinion of PMRDA on the proposed merger of 34 villages in PMC, Dhankawade said. “It was decided that the issue would be discussed in the next meeting of the authority,” he said.
The authority approved the administrative structure for the PMRDA so that the staff recruitment could start.