More than 400 students from the Agriculture college in Shivaji Nagar staged a demonstration outside the institution, demanding a reconsideration of a newly planned road that they argue would disrupt their studies and the surrounding environment. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leaders, including Prashant Kanojia, State Organiser of MNS Students Cell, backed the students’ protest, emphasizing the potential disturbance the road could cause to facilities like the ladies’ hostel, lecture rooms, and teachers’ accommodations.
Speaking to Pune Pulse, Kanojia highlighted the concerns raised by the students, who temporarily blocked the main gate where an exhibition was being held. Uday Samant, the state minister for industries, intervened during his visit to the campus, assuring to address the issue by engaging with relevant authorities such as the PMRDA and Dhananjay Munde, the agriculture minister.
In a related development, students from Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri, also voiced their opposition to the road construction near their college premises, citing safety, security, and educational disruptions due to noise pollution. They urged Agriculture Minister Dhananjay Munde to explore alternative routes and limit the internal road solely for college use.