[ecis2016.org] The widening of the 3.5 km Katraj-Kondhwa road is one of the costliest road plans of PMC and had a sanction of Rs 215 crore to carry on the work.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has reduced the width of the proposed Katraj-Kondhwa road from 84 metres to 50 metres owing to problems related to land acquisition, mentions a HT report. The widening of the 3.5 km Katraj-Kondhwa road is one of the costliest road plans which had a sanction of Rs 215 crore (allotted in 2018) to carry on the work.
As land acquisition problems halted the road widening work, in a review meeting chaired by municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar, it was decided that the existing road will be developed with 50 meters in width. Issues including road widening and land acquisition will be eventually dealt with.
According to VG Kulkarni, head, PMC road department, “A lot of issues are being faced for getting land for the road. Developing the existing 50-meter stretch will benefit commuters by reducing traffic jams. Simultaneously, PMC will try to acquire land for road widening plan.”
With this move, new bids for the project are expected to be reissued soon as the project cost will now come down from the allocated Rs 215 crore owing to the reduction in the width of the road. Katraj-Kondhwa road-widening plan was first proposed in 2013. Work to develop the road to 84 metres started in 2018 and was supposed to be finished by December 2021 but till now only 25% of the work has been completed.
The Katraj-Kondhwa road is important as it links Satara road to Solapur road and supports heavy traffic. Presently, with a width of 15m to 20m wide, the Katraj –Kondhwa road sees heavy traffic jams.
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