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Report card for PMC, PCMC: Flyovers stuck mid-way without a road map

In the wake of the flyover collapse in Kolkata, Pune Newsline takes stock of the status of projects in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad

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THE COLLAPSE of an under-construction flyover bridge in Kolkata on Thursday has come as a wake-up call for civic authorities across the country to take note of negligent engineering works leading to such fatal accidents.

In the wake of such an engineering failure, Pune Newsline does a reality check on how far the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is maintaining the checks and keeping a close watch over the quality standards of the four flyovers that are currently being constructed on busy roads in different parts of the city. Take a look.

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THE FLYOVER at Swargate junction is one of the important flyover projects undertaken by the PMC, with the state-owned Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) implementing it for the civic body.

The project undertaken to ease the traffic chaos at the busiest junction of the city is estimated to cost Rs 156 crore and its construction began in January 2013.

Being constructed in parts, the first part on Satara road at Laxminarayan theatre is complete and open for traffic. The second part of flyover starting on Satara road to Sarasbaug is complete and the third part of Satara road to Solapur road would be completed soon. “Ninety per cent work of the flyover is complete and it would be made open to public by May this year,” said Vijay Shinde, Executive Engineer.

However, the project came under scanner after a civic organisation raised doubts over its construction and pointed out that the pillar meant for supporting the flyover on which the heavy traffic will pass is not located exactly under the flyover.

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“There is some defect in the construction that is visible to those passing by. Thus, an alarm was raised over the issue as the flyover would have had to take a load of heavy traffic and this could lead to fatal accidents,” said Ramesh Dharmavat of People’s Union.

The issue was also raised in the general body meeting and the civic administration ruled out any problem in the construction of the flyover, saying it has been cleared by an expert consultant from IIT Bombay.

“The flyover is being constructed by the MSRDC for PMC. Thus, they are responsible for its execution,” said Shinde.
Status Check
Cost: `156 crore
Construction began in January 2013

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Work completed: 90%
Expected to open to public by May 2016
Civic organisations raise alarm on possible technical faults. Being the busiest junction, it witnesses a lot of traffic congestion due to construction activity occupying the road area.
THE FLYOVER at Gadital in Hadapsar has faced the longest delay. The project started in July 2011 is now 90 per cent complete and the civic administration hopes to open it for public in May this year. “There were land acquistion problems, shifting of a police station, utility cables and cutting of trees that led to the delay,” said Shinde.

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Cost: `26 crore
Work began in July 2011

Work completed: Approx 90 %
Expected to be ready by May 2016
Faces delay as the PMC is still tackling land acquisition issues
THE PMC has undertaken construction of flyover at Cummins college on Karve road in Warje. The project started in October 2012 and is yet to complete. The first part is 50 per cent complete while the second part at Universal chowk is facing land acquisition problems. The first phase is expected to be ready by August 2016.

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Cost: `44 crore
First phase in Oct 2012 and second phase yet to start

Work completed: Approx 50%
First phase to be ready by August 2016
Delayeddue to land acquisition problems
A major flyover with a two-tier bridge is being constructed at the College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) junction. The project is estimated to cost Rs 92 crore and is partially complete. The arm from Sangamwadi bridge to Court is complete and opened for public while the part from Engineering college to Shoppers Stop and Shoppers Stop to Sancheti chowk is under construction. It will be completed by March 2017. “The flyover construction is a major project as it’s on the highway road. The PMC had to seek police permission at every stage of construction,” said a civic officer. Locals have been complaining about the inconvenience caused due to the project and delay in its completion. “There has been road accidents near Patil Estate due to the construction activity. The contractor has failed to meet the deadline to complete the work,” said resident Rajendra Joshi.

Status Check
Cost: `92 crore
Work began in January 2012

Work completed: Approx 60%
Expected to be ready by March 2017
Three flyover projects of total 1.65 km is being implemented in parts
THE WORK of the 1.9 km flyover, cutting across the Empire Estate Housing Society on the Old Mumbai Pune Highway, started at the same time as that of the double-decked flyover at Nashik Phata. However, while the Nashik Phata flyover (named after BharatRatna JRD Tata) is operational for more than two years, the work of the Empire Estate flyover still continues. Other than traffic snarls, the work site has seen accidents with citizens now threatening to stop paying property tax to the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.

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Back in 2008, the PCMC had announced the construction of the longest flyover connecting AutoCluster at Chinchwad to Kalewadi on the other side of the River Pavana.

The 1.9-km flyover was to be six landed and the construction was taken as part of the 11.2 km Dehu Alandi Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS). The flyover was to breach across the Empire Estate Housing Society. From the very beginning, the flyover has been mired in controversy with residents of the Empire Estate opposing the project as it cuts through their complex. While the PCMC said the flyover was part of the development plan, the residents had asked for a reconsideration. Eight years down, the flyover work continues although at a snail’s place. Huge scaffolds dot the entire stretch of the flyover with debris and construction material lying across the Empire Estate.

First published on: 02-04-2016 at 02:32:55 am
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