The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation has measured over 150 hectares of land in Khed, Haveli and Purandar tehsils of the district over the last two weeks for the proposed eastern ring road project.
The corporation had faced difficulties in launching the land measurement drive due to stiff opposition from a group of farmers. “We could start this crucial work after meetings with the farmers who are particularly worried about the compensation. We have explained the state policy to them,” Sandeep Patil, executive engineer in-charge of land acquisition for the project, said.
The land has been measured in Chimbali, Garade, Sonori, Perne, Urse, Tulapur, Lonikand, Gavadewadi and is now taking place at Khalumbre village. The MSRDC needs to acquire 859.88 hectares in 46 villages in five tehsils for the project.
Patil said they are working on signing of an agreement with the farmers who have agreed to give their land. “We will have to complete the process by the year-end,” he added. The proposed 103km eastern ring road will start from Urse toll plaza at Pune-Mumbai expressway.
It will pass through villages in Maval, Khed, Haveli, Daund, Purandar tehsils before merging with Mumbai-Bengaluru highway in Bhor tehsil. It will reduce traffic congestion in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporation limits. The state government has already allocated over Rs 26,000 crore.