Bal Bharati Paud Phata Road : Will speak with PMC chief over Vetal Tekdi issue : MP Supriya Sule

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Pune: Nationalist Congress Party Member of Parliament Supriya Sule visited Vetal Tekdi in Pune in response to the growing controversy over the proposed Balbharti to Paud Phata Road at Vetal Tekdi. 

The hill has become a topic of discussion as the proposal involves building three tunnels through it to alleviate traffic congestion, but has faced opposition from citizens and environmentalists.

Expressing concern over the news related to Vetal Tekdi in the newspapers, Supriya Sule acknowledged the opposition by citizens and residents living in the area who have demanded that the trees should not be cut and the road should not be constructed. She emphasized the importance of discussing the issue with local residents and taking their views into consideration for any development projects.

Supriya Sule stated, “Although development is necessary, it should not be at the cost of the environment and the sentiments of the citizens. If there are alternatives to save the trees without cutting them down, those solutions should be explored.” She also noted that while some claim that the road is not on Tekdi, citizens have raised concerns about it, and it is crucial for the administration to consider the demands of the citizens who are opposing the project.

The controversy over the proposed road construction has brought together political parties, with Maha Vikas Aghadi and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena joining forces to put the BJP in a dilemma. Citizens have initiated agitations against the project, and environmentalists have raised concerns about the impact on the hill and its biodiversity.

Mrunal Jadhav