THE Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has completed a survey of around 70 per cent of the proposed ring road around Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad and found that 80 per cent of the land surveyed for the first phase is barren land belonging to private holders.
“We will be completing the survey by March for the first phase and the same will be put before the government regarding compensation and other modalities of land acquisition. We have to await orders for the final alignment and whether there is government land along this route,” said an MSRDC official.
With some landholders resisting the project on their land, there needs to be intervention of the state on the same to tackle the issues of compensation to be disbursed. Initially, the PMRDA completed the survey of land required for the project and the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) took over for checking on the encroachments, construction and land acquisition. The 170-km ring road is being developed around Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. The ring road was proposed in 2007 as a solution to the traffic mess in the two cities. At least 48 hectares of government land and 25 hectares of private land has to be acquired for the project. The MSRDC is yet to assess the land which can be used for the project.