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PMC appoints consultant for proposed Panchavati-Kothrud tunnel road

by Team Deccan Express
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Pune : deccan express The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has started the process to build a proposed tunnel road to connect Kothrud with Pashan-Panchavati. The PMC road department will conduct a pre-feasibility study and prepare an environmental impact report in this regard. An expert consultant has been appointed for the purpose.

 

The civic body has proposed to bore a tunnel in the hill from Sutardara in Kothrud to Pashan-Panchavati garden and build a road through it. This project has been included in the old development plan. It will help ease traffic jams in Kothrud, Aundh, Baner and Pashan areas. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 250 crore.

 

A drone survey has already been carried out within the boundaries of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The PMC is planning for the entire route. Once the route is fixed, a proposal to acquire land belonging to the forest department and the defence ministry will be sent. Monarch Surveyors and Engineering Consultants Pvt Ltd has been appointed as the expert consultant for the purpose. The standing committee approved a proposal in this connection on Tuesday.

 

The consultant will be paid Rs 72.70 lakh to conduct the pre-feasibility study and the environmental impact report. This was revealed by standing committee chairman Hemant Rasane.

 

Two proposed tunnel roads approved

The PMC’s development plan has been approved by the state government. Two tunnels have been proposed in it to connect two different parts of the city. A tunnel road will connect Sinhagad road to Sahakarnagar-Taljai while another tunnel road will join Kothrud with Pashan areas. This will save distance for daily commuters from these areas.

 

New consultant appointed

The Kothrud-Pashan distance via Chandani Chowk is 8 km while it is 9.5 km via Senapati Bapat road. The distance will be shortened by 4 km after the tunnel road is built. The Kothrud-Panchavati tunnel will be 1,090-m long while Panchavati-Gokhale Nagar tunnel will be 580-m long. Earlier, a consultant was appointed for this project. However, they could not complete the work before the deadline. Hence, a new consultant has been appointed.

 

Greens oppose the tunnel road

Some NGOs and local citizens have opposed the Kothrud-Pashan tunnel road. They claimed that it would disturb the environmental balance and deteriorate biodiversity on the hills. They said the tunnel road will not be needed once the proposed metro railway routes from Shivajinagar to Hinjewadi and Vanaz to Ramnagar are completed.

 

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