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Zilla Parishad to probe delay in PM’s village road plan in Maval

The Pune Zilla Parishad would probe the delay in construction of the 18 km-road in Pavananagar in Maval taluka.

The Pune Zilla Parishad would probe the delay in construction of the 18 km-road in Pavananagar in Maval taluka. As reported by Newsline on Saturday,the villagers forced the road contractor and the government engineer to walk for five km in blazing sun after the delay in road work.

ZP CEO Anil Kavde said he would summon both the contractor and the engineer to his office on Monday to take stock of the situation. “I will get the details of the project and reasons for the delay in road wor,” he said,adding that a committee has been assigned the job of looking into the project. Kavde said appropriate action would be initiated in the matter to ensure that the road work is completed at the earliest.

When contacted,District Collector Vikas Deshmukh said he does not look after Prime Minister’s Sadak Yojana. “It is under the Zilla Parishad CEO,” he said.

Hassled by the shoddy state of a “prestigious road” for nearly two years,angry villagers in the vicinity of Pavana dam in Maval taluka of Pune called the road contractor and the government engineer to the spot ostensibly to discuss the state of road and then made him walk in the blazing sun for nearly five kilometres on Wednesday afternoon.

The 18-km road between Javan and Tung in Maval is being constructed under the Prime Minister’s Gramin Sadak Yojana at an estimated cost of Rs 7 crore. It was inaugurated by Shirur MP Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil on February 3,2009. However,according to the villagers only 20 per cent of a stretch has been completed in two years since it was inaugurated. As a result,the road which is unmotorable has become a daily nightmare for the villagers.

When contacted,road contractor Sandeep Tapkir said the road work has become problematic for him. “Firstly,the villagers are not parting with their land for widening purpose. The gram panchayats seem to have little power to convince the villagers to part with their land. Secondly,because of the ghat section and treacherous nature of the terrain,it is becoming difficult to take construction material to the spot,” he said. Conceding that he has already received over Rs 1 crore in payment for part of the road done,Tapkir said he has promised the villagers to complete the work in a short period of time. “The villagers made us walk but only for some metres..,” he said.

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Vishwanath Jadhav,a villager,said initially for three months,there was good pace of work on the road,but after that everything came to a standstill.