Pune News : Elderly couple living on NIBM road fights for access road for two decades

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Pune: An elderly couple living on NIBM road next to the Supreme Greenwoods in Kondhwa close to the reserve forest area has been fighting for their right to a proper access road to their home since 2003.

Despite complaining to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and even approaching the court, Zehra Ghadiyali, a 70-year-old lady, and her 80-year-old husband, Mansoor Ghadiyali, have been denied access to the road leading to their bungalow on NIBM road.  

Zehra Ghadiyali said, “We have been fighting from 2003 to get access to our home through a proper road. We have a bungalow at Nibm road opposite Cloud 9 society. However, the road to our house has not been in good condition and the neighbouring society is not allowing access to us. Whereas, on the other side, there is a forest, so every time when we have to go out we have to walk through this forest.”

The distance between their house and the main road is 300 feet, so they have to walk through the forest to access the city and the main road. However, due to digging work being done for the last one month on this road, the situation has turned dire.

As a result of not having a road to their home, the couple parks their four-wheeler on the main road, which has been picked up by the traffic department for parking it on the road.

Pune Pulse took up the matter to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) city president Sainath Babar and party workers met with the PMC Building Department Superintending Engineer Yuvraj Deshmukh on February 23, 2023  During the meeting, Yuvraj Deshmukh ordered the city engineer to conduct a site visit and investigate the matter. The findings would then be submitted to PMC Commissioner Vikram Kumar, after which the couple would be granted access to the road.

Sainath Babar and Rohan Gaikwad from Maharashtra Navnirman Sena told Pune Pulse that the PMC should allow them access roads so that the elderly couple does not face any issue. 

Zehra Ghadiyali expressed her gratitude, saying, “We are very happy that Pune Pulse and MNS took this step for us. We hope that our situation will change soon and we will be able to access our home through a proper road.”

Pune Pulse spoke to Bhupendra K Pathak, secretary, Supreme Green Woods, he said, “The hearing on our case will be held tomorrow on April 13. We as a society are firm on our stand that we won’t provide access to the bungalow. The bungalow built by the family has not been properly planned as the entrance was built towards the forest side about two decades ago. On humanitarian grounds we had called her to meet the society members but she straight away refused to attend.” 

Renuka Suryavanshi and Mrunal Jadhav 

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