Pune: Residents of Kamgar Putala to get homes at alternative sites – ET RealEstate

PUNE: Over 600 slum dwellers from the Kamgar Putala area in Shivajinagar will get houses at alternative locations as part of a lottery of homes, scheduled next week.

The slum dwellers are being shifted to vacate the land for the Metro project.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) had held discussions with the slum dwellers about allotment of homes and completion of formalities in the last two months.

The Metro work in the Kamgar Putala area had been delayed because the rehabilitation process was yet to get over. The land was required for three Metro lines — two being executed by MahaMetro and the other by the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA).

Initially, the slum dwellers refused to shift from the Kamgar Putala area to other locations. The locals demanded rehabilitation within the vicinity, which was not feasible due to various technical grounds, a civic official said. The issue was taken up with the deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, who had told the officials to work out a solution amicably.

“For the last three months, we have been working on the rehabilitation proposal. Initially, we invited applications, following which talks were held with the families and the required formalities were completed. Around 847 names are being considered. Of these, the lottery will be held for 600 beneficiaries. They will get houses either in Vimannanagr or Hadapsar,” a PMC official said.

The families are going to get houses of 25sq mtr. The buildings for rehabilitation are ready, an official said. Around 250 people have still not completed the process. The SRA will deal with all these cases by holding talks.

The officials are looking forward to completing the rehabilitation process next month. The land will be handed over for the Metro work after the families are shifted.

Two Metro lines, constructed by MahaMetro — Vanaz-Ramwadi and PCMC-Swargate — are meeting near Kamgar Putala. THe one constructed by the PMRDA is the Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar Metro line.

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Slum residents displaced by Pune Metro to find homes nearby – ET RealEstate

PUNE: Residents of Kamgar Putala and Rajiv Gandhinagar slum pockets are a relieved lot after the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) and the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) decision to rehabilitate them to a nearby locality.

Earlier, the residents were ordered to relocate to Lohegaon after the land they were living on was taken over for the Pune Metro project.

More than 800 residents of the two slum pockets located in Shivajinagar had received the order from MahaMetro, saying they had to move to the outskirts of the city once the metro takes away the space for construction.

Last week, while reviewing the progress of the metro and amidst discussion of issues revolving around it, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar had asked the authorities to ensure that the lives of residents of these two slums pocket are not affected. Also, it was advised that they should be relocated to areas around their current residence.

The residents had protested last week saying that they have been cheated by the corporation as they were earlier assured that they would be relocated in the same area and the order of moving to Lohegaon shook them, as their means of livelihood would be affected.

A resident of the area, Ashok Lokhande, told Mirror, “There are several residents who work in sanitation and related services — how will they go to work if they are shifted so far? Our children study in the schools and colleges nearby and we will not let anything affect that. This is the cost of development that we are bearing for no reason.”

Slum residents displaced by Pune Metro to find homes nearby
Another resident, Datta Chonghe, said, “We are not going to compromise and will keep raising our voices until justice is served. We may be living in slums, but we aren’t uneducated to not understand what’s happening. We will consider moving amaximum of 5 km away and not beyond that.”

The SRA is now planning to move these residents to Bhawani Peth, Rajendra Nagar or Katraj as alternative options.

SRA’s head Rajendra Nimbalkar told Mirror, “The deputy chief minister has asked us to look for alternative places where the residents of the affected area could be shifted. It is not possible to shift them within Shivajinagar as there is hardly any land there ideal for a residential settlement. We are exploring other places in the city that are relatively nearby.”

Hemant Sonawane, general manager of Pune Metro’s corporate communications team, said, “The responsibility of relocation entirely belongs to the SRA. We just have to decide about the land where we have to carry out the construction.”

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