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G20 summit in mind, PMC begins sprucing up roads in the city

“The PMC has decided to beautify the various junctions on city roads ahead of the G20 summit in the city. The beautification work is undertaken a Built Operate Transfer (BOT) basis,” said Prashant Waghmare, City Engineer, PMC.

Pune COVID-19, Pune Municipal Corporation, Murlidhar Mohol, municipal commissioner Kunal Khemnar, pune news, indian expressPune Municipal Corporation. (Express File Photo)

With a few meetings of G20 summit likely to be held in the city next year, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has began preparations to host the events by undertaking road repair work in areas which the delegates are likely to visit during their trip.

“The PMC has decided to beautify various junctions on city roads ahead of the G20 summit in the city. The beautification work is being undertaken on Built Operate Transfer (BOT) basis,” said Prashant Waghmare, City Engineer of PMC.

He said that the civic body has set up a separate cell for the beautification of roads and junctions. “The civic administration has received 43 proposals of beautification of junctions and so far, work for beautification of 12 junctions has been approved,” Waghmare said.

According to the PMC, the civic body would be spending Rs 142 crore in repair and redevelopment of 38 km of roads.

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Representatives of the Union government are expected to visit the city in January to take a review of the preparations ahead of the G20 summit, officials said, adding the civic body wants to finish the work before that. The work includes resurfacing of roads with priority to damaged roads, laying of tar on concrete roads etc.

In a recent meeting to boost preparation for G20 summit, municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar directed the civic road department to prepare the list of roads and estimated expenditure for repair work.

These include 34 roads such as Dhayari, Kothrud, Aundh, Katraj, Hadapsar and Nagar road. The repair of 30 km of main roads would require Rs 130 crore while 8 km inner roads would require Rs 12 crore, officials said.

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With chairmanship of G20 with India now, a few meetings of the summit are expected to be held in Mumbai, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Pune in Maharashtra.

First published on: 23-11-2022 at 13:42 IST
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