State finance minister Ajit Pawar announced an outlay of Rs1,500 crore in the state budget for acquiring 1,900 hectares of land for the proposed ring road project.
Rajesh Patil, the chief engineer of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation said, “The Pune ring road project is the need of the hour because it will be segregating the city and the highway traffic. It will help in reducing vehicular pollution significantly and avoid what Delhi had to face in terms of vehicular pollution as the work of planning/ constructing the ring road was delayed there. ”
The 173.7 km-long Pune ring road will be an eight-lane express highway with a designed vehicle speed of 120 km per hour.
Ajit Pawar, also the deputy chief minister, had earlier said in a meeting in the city that the state government would focus on this project and expedite its land acquisition process.
Patil said joint measurements of 56 villages out of a total of 83 had been completed. “The joint measurement has been completed of 973 hectares of the total 1,900 hectares,” he said.
“The state government has been reviewing the project’s status fortnightly and is keen on ensuring that its actual work starts at an early date,” he added.
The total project cost of the proposed ring road has been pegged at Rs.26,000 crores. MSRDC will execute it.
State finance minister Ajit Pawar in his budget speech said detailed project reports for new Metro routes in the city were being readied.
He mentioned about the Metro routes from Swargate to Katraj, Pimpri to Nigdi, Vanaz to Chandni Chowk, Ramwadi to Wagholi, Swargate to Hadapsar, Hadapsar to Kharadi and Khadakwasla to Swargate in the speech.
An official of MahaMetro said the DPR work for the 5.4 km Swargate-Katraj underground Metro stretch was at an advanced stage. The 4.4 km Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to Nigdi Metro stretch would have elevated tracks. MahaMetro general manager Hemant Sonawane said the techno feasibility work for the remaining stretches was being carried out.
A sprawling medicity offering all kinds of treatments at one place would come up in the district, state finance minister Ajit Pawar said on Friday.
The proposed Indrayani Medicity would be spread over 300 acres and have hospitals, medical research centres, pharmaceutical manufacturing units, wellness and physiotherapy clinics.