According to the road department, it will take almost a year to complete construction at an estimated cost of Rs 20 crore. The proposal is in its final stages of approval and the 4.5 kilometre stretch will only allow two-wheelers and fourwheelers to ply. Heavy vehicles will not be allowed entry. The road, 7.5 metre in width, will cover the 4.5 km distance before connecting with the Mumbai-Bangalore highway.
“When we approached the irrigation department, they gave us approval to lay the road as the canal and the embankment fall under its jurisdiction. As there is no alternate road to connect main Sinhagad Road with Wadgaon, this will be the alternate route right up to Wadgaon (Budruk),“ said Yuvraj Deshmukh, executive engineer of the road department.
Actually, the PMC began work on a road to Sinhagad Road from Vitthalwadi to Pune-Mumbai National Highway (NH-4) bypass -a 2.3 km stretch -to ease traffic congestion on Sinhagad Road back in 2010. They had completed nearly 65 per cent of road work by pilling debris on the riverside. However, environment activist Sarang Yadwadkar took objection, saying it would upset the ecological balance.
So, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered the PMC to remove the debris and explore option for pillars if they wanted the road to come up. The corporation challenged the NGT judgment in the Supreme Court. The apex court upheld the NGT order and ordered the PMC to remove debris within six months. Last week, the road department started removing debris from the riverside road. The corporation has already spent nearly Rs 15 crore on this project.
Source : Pune Mirror