During the past two and 1/2 years, Pune did no longer advantage tons as the key infrastructure tasks moved at a snail’s tempo or a number of them even were given cancelled
Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) Devendra Fadnavis may additionally have placed his inglorious past behind him to return lower back to electricity – this time as deputy chief minister of Maharashtra. In a manner, lifestyles has come full circle for Fadnavis after Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray resigned and the new authorities under Eknath Shinde changed into sworn in remaining week.
Back in 2014, his emergence because the leader minister of Maharashtra shifted the kingdom’s energy centre from western Maharashtra where Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) enjoys its clouts, to Nagpur, the headquarter of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and home city of BJP heavyweights.
In 2019, political equations changed and the strength centre was divided between Mumbai and Pune with Thackeray being the leader minister and Ajit Pawar his deputy.
More than 31 months later, the identical script performed out in Maharashtra remaining week, however with a position reversal of the victor and vanquished. Shinde and Fadnavis now need to look past Mumbai and push for developmental work in different components. For Pune, its infrastructure tale – steps ahead, four steps backwards – now desires to alternate.
During the past two and half of years, Pune did now not benefit a lot as the important thing infrastructure initiatives moved at a snail’s pace or a number of them even were given cancelled. This column has previously too argued about how fundamental infrastructure initiatives in Pune district aren’t moving in advance.
Among them were Metro rail, Hyperloop, Purandar airport, outer ring road proposed by Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA), and internal ring avenue touted as High Capacity Mass Transit Route (HCMTR), river rejuvenation and riverfront development. Except for Metro rail, which started operations on a priority stretch from March 6 this year, none of the opposite initiatives has moved ahead.
On air connectivity, Pune has already suffered from the setback as the country government reconsidered its choice and explored a new web page for the proposed airport at Purandar whilst the Centre (Ministry of Defence) revoked permission for that web site. No one knows in which the venture presently stands as Ajit Pawar too has desired now not to speak a good deal on it.
The HCMTR became a number of the oldest tasks that PMC turned into thinking about and it got a push for the duration of the Fadnavis technology. Pawar, after regaining his energy position in country politics, suggested a few changes and PMC too widespread them. However, no matter PMC preserving the budgetary provision for the undertaking, in the course of the previous economic 12 months, now not an awful lot occurred and the fund was subsequently diverted for a few different smaller work. On the hyperloop, the nation authorities is unsure because the mission has now not confirmed itself but and Pawar highlighted a lack of readability at the generation. The project is yet to be attempted and examined anywhere within the global and there’s no statistics available at the development of the challenge some other place.
Similarly, the PMRDA proposed ring avenue also seems to be in bloodless garage as the state authorities has prioritised Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) to advise another ring road, which passes through outer parts of the metropolis. This may additionally sound prudent considering that two ring roads – each passing from outside the metropolis – can also flip commercially inviable given their application and it is able to result in war of words among farmers and the authorities over land acquisition troubles. The MSRDC mission is a step ahead of PMRDA with the authorities issuing notification for land acquisition.
On the two river-associated projects, PMC had hurriedly invited bids as the ruling BJP desired to attract political mileage by way of inaugurating them throughout Prime Minister’s proposed visit to Pune on March 6. As predicted, the riverfront improvement is now on preserve after opposition from environmentalists.
For a city of over 50 lakh populace of Pune such as that of Pimpri-Chinchwad, some of those initiatives might have offered a few respite and progressed the quality of existence had they reached a few degree. Commutating through daily visitors jams, inferior air, polluted river water and bad roads are the day by day woes no less than punishment for the humans of Pune. All this aggravates while tasks to improve some of these conditions do now not pass ahead even after their high decibel announcements by means of the ones in power.