Keshav Nagar residents battle for basic amenities continues

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A group of 30 societies have come together to raise voice and highlight their sufferings. Well maintained access roads, PMC drinking water supply, proper waste disposal projects, congestion free chowks, streetlights, better drainage and storm water facility and other amenities are some of the demands made by the residents. 

Pankaj Saxena, chairman, Godrej Infinity in Keshav Nagar said, “We are a society of 1209 flats in Keshav Nagar occupying since January 2020. And since then we are dependent on tanker waters. In an RTI which we had filed in PMC we came to know that the builder had assured the civic body that they shall look after water supply. But there has been no effort from either partt. Keshav Nagar is in PMC limits but still no development in the area. We dont have basic amenities such as roads, water, waste disposal projects, drainage facilities amd many things which a tax payer should get in return. Every month we spend about Rs 12 lakhs only on tanker procurement.” 

Pune Pulse spoke to Hadapsar area Member of Legislative Assembly, Chetan Tupe about the problems faced by Keshav Nagar residents. He said,”It was recently that I met PMC Commissioner over issues of various areas under my jurisdiction and he has assured that he will certainly visit Keshav Nagar area and chalk a road map of development. I am hoping that the visit happens soon and we get to see some movement in development of Keshav Nagar. In the last three years I have completed works of over Rs 21 crores in the area for laying new water pipelines, development of roads and other works. I am hopeful that more funds are released to carry out development work in the area from the state government. I feel, PMC should chalk out a development road map for the newly merged villages.”

Ranjeet Lonkar, chairman, Venkatesh Graffitti while speaking to Pune Pulse said, “We were hoping that someday PMC will focus on our area and provide us with some basic amenity.  But our patience have ended now and hence we are revolting. We are left no where. No authority, official or citizens representatives have looked after us. We are fighting for basic amenities. Accessible good roads, amenities like garden, waste disposal projects, better connectivity to neighbouring suburbs such as Kharadi, Hadapsar, Koregaon Park, Manjari, Wagholi, etc. We shall make our agitation stronger. Kensa (Keshav Nagar Societies Association) is a group of 30 societies and we are growing everyday as people are suffering greatly. Honest tax payers are taken for a ride, we won’t suffer anymore. ” 

Another resident of the area Chaitanya Sharma said, “I moved to Keshav Nagar from Viman Nagar only to see a better life. But to my surprise things have been quite different. Here we are struggling for everything. All the major and internal lanes are always full of traffic. The average waiting times at Mundhwa chowk, Keshav Nagar area is 45 minutes. Nobody takes the onus of giving us better standard of life. PMC shouldn’t allow any further real estate development till the time it provides us with basic ones.”

Choked junctions in Keshav Nagar
Main Mundhwa chowk 
Z corner 
Lonkar chowk
Shivaji chowk