Lullanagar flyover plan gets defence land

After a delay of more than five years, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has got possession of the land marked for the construction of a flyover in Lullanagar.

The utility was planned in 2011.

Defence Estates Office and the local military authorities today handed over around 7.2 acres around the Lullanagar junction near Kondhwa to the road department. The construction is expected to begin in a few months.

According to the agreement between the agencies, PMC is also required to pay around Rs 30,000 to Pune Cantonment Board in land licensing fees for a 30-year period.

The civic body also has the responsibility to shift assets and utilities from the defence lands, and undertake construction of an underpass and service roads to complement the movement of traffic in and around the area.

Most land-related formalities have been completed, officials said, including agreements over the licence fees of the land to be paid to various authorities.

“Today , my office and the local military authorities handed over the requisite and agreed upon land as sanctioned by the Ministry of Defence to Pune Municipal Corporation for building a flyover and service road at the Lullanagar chowk. The project will be entirely executed by PMC,“ Defence Estates Offi cer (Pune) DN Yadav said.

Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar will be present on Saturday for the bhoomipujan.

Multiple agencies and jurisdictions have hindered the construction of the 490-metre long, 15-metre wide flyover, which, according to locals, is “extremely necessary“.

The junction is the intersection of the BibvewadiKondhwa Road and the Par vati Road, thus bringing in heavy traffic from Market Yard and Cantonment areas, and sees huge traffic snarls every day. It is the arterial road leading to Kondhwa and the newly developed areas of Undri, Pisoli and Mohammedwadi.

While the project was planned by the PMC, significant parts of land around the area required for construction belonged to the military authorities and are under the management of Pune Cantonment Board (PCB).

The PMC approved a plan for the flyover and issued work order to start its construction in 2011, but local military authorities issued an order to the civic body in January 2012 saying that the road belonged to the MoD, and no construction can be undertaken without clearances. The next two years did not yield any breakthrough, in spite of several rounds of talks.

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar had backed the flyover ever since he took office in 2014, and this March, his ministry agreed to hand over control of the 7.2678 acres demanded by PMC for construction. However, it did not relinquish control over the land.The MoD also provided the PMC working permission to start construction.

Source : TOI