A memorial to Chhatrapati Shivaji and a metro station were proposed at former 28-acre dumping site
The resistance offered by citizens of Paud to a garbage depot on a 28-acre plot had borne fruit earlier,with the Pune Municipal Corporation stopping dumping at the site. The people have been pressing the civic body to convert the land so that citizens can use it for recreation. Then came the idea of a garden and subsequently a suggestion to erect a memorial for Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji.
The Pune Metro plan had created hurdles by proposing a station at the site but citizens protested and now,the 28-acre land is finally the place where the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will set up Shivshrishti,the proposed memorial for Chhatrapati Shivaji.
The civic body recently passed a resolution to change land use from garbage depot to a cultural centre.
The residents had forced the civic administration to shift the garbage depot from the 28-acre land that had come in the civic jurisdiction after the area was included in the PMC. The PMC had stopped dumping at the site but was not making use of the land for a long time now, said Shiv Sena corporator Chandrakant Mokate.
Initially,a garden was proposed by the administration on the land and later there was a demand to erect a memorial of Chhatrapati Shivaji. Then came the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) proposals for metro station at the site in its report for the Pune metro plan.
The coming up of the metro station would have put the Shivsrishti project on hold. After protests from citizens,the state government allowed PMC to start work on the memorial, he said.
Deputy Municipal Commissioner Dyaneshwar Molak said the civic administration has started to work on the plan to develop Shivsrishti and a consultant was being appointed to design the project.
The PMC general body recently approved the administration proposal to reserve the plot for a city cultural centre and accordingly,the 28.25-acre plot in survey number 92 and 93,presently reserved for a garbage depot,has been converted. The delay in approving the Shivsrishti project had also been raised in the state assembly and Pune Municipal Corporation general body meeting.