PMRDA Looks At Other Options While Retaining The Land Chosen For Metro To College
PMRDA (Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority) has retained the land which was acquired for the proposed “Shivajinagar–Hinjewadi” metro line to the students of Agriculture College and the residents of Pune who use the British era campus for morning walks and various activities.
Under the PPP (Private Public Partnership) model, the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority has planned the corridor of the 23.33 km “Shivajinagar–Hinjewadi”. Earlier, the “Shivajinagar–Hinjewadi” metro line has proposed for acquiring 20-acre tract through its own plan.
The PMRDA will compensate the investor for the Metro project with a land bank investor as the project will have a private player investor. Not only the land of the Agricultural College was considered by the PMRDA for the metro project but also the land in Pashan Road, the Pune Rural Police Headquarters was being considered for the project.
The Chief Executive Officer, PMRDA, Kiran Gitte mentions that the PMRDA is looking out for other options as the college authorities are not interested to give away the 20-acre additional land as the metro project has already gained a large chunk of land. She further stated that as the college is reserved about giving the additional land and therefore, they are looking for other alternatives. The Pune Metro corridor doesn’t necessarily require land in Shivajinagar. In a media interaction, Kiran mentioned that the land in the outer boundaries of the city run by Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth in Rahuri was considered as an alternate option for the Metro project.
Gitte commenting on the issue stated that they have to think precisely before taking a decision as the city is witnessing changing needs. The 20-acre land which is earlier considered for the project might now retain the college with an alternate option on the outer boundaries of the city.
The 30 acres of land (Dairy Department) in the campus of Khadki with Central Hatcheries and the adjacent Dairy Farm of the Government is also been suggested as an alternate for the construction of the Metros project.