With the metro work going in a full swing in the city, a new hindrance got created when PMC denied allocating 5,000 sq mt land to set up an information centre for promotional activities.
For the same purpose, they were able to acquire space of Vallabh Nagar in the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s (PCMC) jurisdiction. However, PMC seems to be unyielding its decision of providing space in Peshwe Park in Swargate.
Ashok Ghorpade, chief garden superintendent, PMC, said,
“The Maha-Metro officials approached us, asking to provide space to set up an information centre. However, we told them about the unavailability of space in Peshwe Park.”
Previously, Maha-Metro has implemented such concept of the information centre in the Nagpur Metro project and is thinking to extend it here as well. With an objective to provide comprehensive information about the metro, the info centre will cover all the queries related to latest developments, technicalities, salient features, benefits, stations and routes to every individual.
Ghorpade further said,
“The officials later discussed to use Sambhaji Garden on JM Road as an option for the centre. However, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and the high court had ordered to demolish all kinds of constructions on garden premises occupying more than 15 per cent of the total area. Therefore, we cannot grant them permission.”
PMC says the project in Peshwe Park and Sambhaji Garden is not plausible due to NGT and HC notification that orders to demolish constructions on garden premises occupying more than 15 percent space.
Brijesh Dixit, managing director, Maha-Metro, informed, “We want space for the centre and are discussing with the corporation. We are hoping to get a space at the earliest.”
Information source: punemirror