PMC Seeks Suggestions Regarding Ganeshkhind Road Widening

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The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has invited comments, pointers, objections, suggestions, opinions etc of Punekars about the widening of Ganeshkhind Road. 

Earlier, the Pune Municipal Corporation had been ordered by the Bombay High Court to solicit comments and objections from the public and environmentalists regarding the Ganeshkhind Road widening project, which calls for the removal of more than 300 trees.

As per further information, in light of the HC Order, the PMC has initiated the procedure and will run an advertisement. Within seven days of the advertisement’s publication, citizens will need to register their objections and suggestions. The recommendations and objections received will then be discussed by the civic authorities, and only then will the road’s future be decided.

The permission granted by the PMC to clear trees along Ganeshkhind Road, which is being widened to accommodate a flyover and an elevated Metro rail, was revoked earlier on October 12 by the HC. 

The PMC was instructed by the HC to stop randomly felling trees in order to complete the aforementioned work. The Pune-based NGO Parisar and other environmental activists filed a public interest lawsuit (PIL), which prompted the order.

It should be mentioned that PMC intended to cut down 350 trees in order to make the work easier. While local officials stated that the majority of the trees would be moved, activists categorically disagreed, claiming that the trees had little chance of surviving.

Shreyas Vange