Pune Metro: Pune metro rail project committee submitted Report to Maha CM

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Pune: The state-appointed committee, formed to study alternative alignment for metro corridor-II between Vanaz and Ramwadi, has submitted its report to the chief minister.

Guardian minister Girish Bapat, who heads the committee, told reporters on Saturday, “After the chief minister’s approval, the report will be sent to the concerned authorities in New Delhi.”

Last month, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had said that the state will immediately start work on corridor-I which would connect Pimpri-Chinchwad with Swargate. The work on the second corridor is expected to start once the committee report is approved by the CM.

Bapat, who is also the head of the Pune Metropolitan Development Authority (PMRDA), said the PMRDA will start working from May 1. “The district collector’s authority to sanction building permission has been transferred to the PMRDA,” said Bapat.

He said the PMRDA will need manpower to fulfill its functions. The staff from the public works department (PWD) and the town planning department will be working with the PMRDA. Some staff will be hired on contract basis, he added.

Bapat, who is also the food and civic supplies minister, said that his ministry was taking stringent steps to curb misappropriations in the public distribution system. “We have already suspended eight tehsildars from Nashik. Similar action has been taken in Buldhana and Ahmednagar,” said Bapat.

He added that the guilty will get anticipatory bail. Hence, a strict law is needed to ensure they do not get bail quickly like it happens in cases under MCOCA, the Essential Commodities Act and other legislations.

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