The Maharashtra state Public Works Department has granted permission to the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation to carry out a joint measurement survey for the proposed 105km eastern ring road, starting from the Urse toll plaza on the Pune-Mumbai expressway.
Sandeep Patil, the MSRDC’s sub-divisional engineer said, “The stretch will pass through areas under Maval, Khed, Haveli, Daund and Purandar tehsils before emerging on the Pune-Satara highway which is part of the Mumbai-Bengaluru national highway. Currently, we are conducting survey for the western ring road and a second team is being set up to conduct the eastern ring road survey work, starting in next two weeks.”
The eastern ring road will pass through 46 villages of these tehsils. The MSRDC and district administration will have to acquire a total about 1,585 hectares, including about 859 hectares of private land, totally worth approximately Rs 5,000 crore, said the MSRDC officials.
“The land acquisition in these tehsils would be a daunting task considering the value and possible resistance from the farmers and land owners. We will have to conduct a series of meeting with them to convince them to give their lands for the project. We are chalking out our strategy. The district collector has already appointed land acquisition officials from the revenue department. We will be working with the department,” a senior official from the MSRDC said.
“The purposed road would reduce traffic congestion significantly in Talegaon Dhabade and Chakan MIDC areas as heavy vehicles would get direct connectivity to state and national highways. Currently, these vehicles ply through towns and cities and are creating traffic issue in these industrial zones,” the official further said.
Meanwhile, the MSRDC has completed land survey of 170 hectares of land that is required for purposed 68 km western ring road which, will pass through Maval, Mulshi, Haveli and Bhor.
“Five villages, three in Bhor and two in Maval have opposed the survey. We are going to conduct meetings with them,” Patil, who makes presentation to the project affected families in the meeting, said.