The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) would be missing the deadline that it had set for the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) on Nagar Road on April 15. The civic administration has ruled out the possibility of meeting the deadline. “The delay is due to the failure in developing a bus terminus at Wagholi. The land for it is yet to be acquired due to opposition from locals,” said a civic officer.
The PMC would not start BRTS till the land for the bus terminus is acquired, the official added. The PMC committee had sanctioned Rs 3.88 crore to acquire government land in Wagholi for developing a bus terminus for BRTS. “The inauguration of the BRTS on Nagar Road would be on April 15,” Mayor Prashant Jagtap had said.
“Funds were sanctioned for acquiring the land on an urgency basis to avoid further delay in starting the BRTS on Nagar Road,” said Balasaheb Bodke, chairperson of the standing committee.
The PMC had also taken up pending civic infrastructure work, Bodke said, and added that the main hurdle was of land for the terminus and the district collector was supposed to hand it over to PMC. Earlier, the then PMC mayor Dattatraya Dhankawade had declared that the BRTS would be started by January 26, but it had failed to take off. However, the PMC’s efforts to start BRTS on Alandi Road have yielded positive results and have been receiving good response from residents.