Rehabilitation plan nearly in place for Kamgar Putala slum pocket residents – ET RealEstate

PUNE: More than 900 families from the Kamgar Putala slum pocket, near Civil Court, have completed the basic formalities needed for rehabilitation. The land they vacate would be used for the Pune Metro rail project.

Nearly 300 families are holding out on completing the formalities. The authorities said they were holding talks with the families to end the deadlock.

Nitin Udas, deputy commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation, who has been handling the matter from the start, said the slum dwellers have demanded that they be rehabilitated in the same area, a demand that was not possible to meet.

Udas said they have nearly completed the process of scrutinizing the paperwork. “We expect the remaining process to be completed in a few days,” Udas said.

The land is crucial for the Metro project — pillars and an elevated Metro station on the Vanaz-Ramwadi corridor are planned in this location. Some portion of the land is also required for the Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar Metro corridor, being developed by Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority.

“We have identified various locations for the residents’ rehabilitation. We have displayed these details in the locality. We are waiting for the residents’ response,” a PMC official said.

Since the process to acquire the land started last October, a series of meetings were held at various levels, including two with deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, to break the impasse. Pawar has directed PMC, the slum rehabilitation authority and Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) to work out a solution.

The Metro viaduct has already been constructed till the Kamgar Putala and the Rajiv Gandhi Vasahat area. The plan is to construct 10 pillars and a portion of the elevated Metro station in the existing slum area.

“We are offering the necessary assistance to the civic administration in this process. We will begin the work only after the land is formally handed over to MahaMetro,” a MahaMetro official said.



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