Posted On Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 08:35:35 AM
Yerwada Central Prison authorities have put a stop to an road project taken up by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). The project — a road joining Sangamwadi, Lohegaon Airport and Vishrantwadi — has now been blocked with huge boulders and rubble.
The contractor has also been warned not to continue with the work. According to the prison administration, PMC and the contractor violated the terms and conditions laid down in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between jail authorities, the State government and PMC in 2008. T
he prison administration gave its nod for the construction of the road to ease traffic flow between Lohegaon Airport and Pune city. However, under the terms of the MoU, the road was not to be built on prison land.
• Authorities of Yerwada Central Prison have used boulders and rubble to block the road (Top) they say it was to pass through the ground after the slum hutments (Above) were cleared. PMC officials however, say the slum has pucca houses and bungalows which cannot be demolished
The road is passing through land owned by the prison, located under the administration of the Open Jail. Interestingly, the contractor has a;ready laid 1,800m of the road and only 200m needs to be constructed to meet the Vishrantwadi-Airport Road.
The prison administration blocked construction activity six months ago, by putting boulders and mud in the middle of the road. Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Prisons, Yerwada region) Rajendra Dhamne confirmed that road work has been halted because terms and conditions of the MoU were violated by PMC and its contractor. “We will not allow construction,” he added.
The road, as per the plan, is expected to join the chowk located near the Commerce Zone building on Yerwada Jail Road to the Airport- Vishrantwadi Road, a distance of about two km.
A senior prison officer speaking on condition of anonymity told Mirror, “As per provisions of the MoU, the civic administration was first expected to remove slum hutments that partially occupy the land of the Open Jail.
The road was supposed to be constructed on the ground that was cleared, but it was observed that the hutments were still there and PMC authorities and the contractor had changed the plans – the entire road was being constructed on jail land,” he said, adding that the hutments pose a threat to jail security and land.
“We want them to follow provisions of the MoU instead of changing the plan. They should follow the rules and commitments,” he added. The prison administration told Mirror that they have not demanded anything in terms of monetary benefits or other favours from the civic body against the land allotment.
“The original plan, as mentioned in the MoU, should be followed and only then will construction be allowed,” the officer said. However, civic authorities are keen to finish the road. “Things are being discussed with the prison authorities.
Their land was not protected and PMC has constructed a wall along with the road to protect their land,” said PMC commissioner Mahesh Pathak. “Senior jail officers on Friday along with civic authorities visited the site and a meeting has been scheduled on Saturday to sort out the issue.
The prison administration should look at PMC’s concerns as well. Slight deviations from the plan can be adjusted,” he added. A civic officer also said that the ‘hutments’ to be cleared are not hutments, but pucca houses and bungalows that cannot be demolished.
► Things are being discussed with the prison authorities. PMC has constructed a wall to protect their land
- Mahesh Pathak, PMC Commissioner