Pune Infra Watch: PMC decides to develop multi modal transit hub in Balewadi on its own
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to develop the Rs 1,000-crore multi modal transit hub in Balewadi on its own and take the project away from Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL), which was working on it after getting necessary approval from the Union government under the Smart City Mission.
The multi modal transport hub in Balewadi was approved as a smart city project since it was in the area of Aundh, Baner and Balewadi (ABB), under the Area Development project category. The PSCDCL had prepared a plan of Rs 1,251 crore for its implementation and sought land for the project from the PMC.
However, the PMC was reluctant to allow the big project to be implemented by the PSCDCL. It was after six letters from the PSCDCL that the PMC in 2018 tabled the proposal to allot required land by proposing necessary changes in reservation of the plot to be developed as multi modal transport hub by the PSCDCL. It was approved in November 2021 and sent for the approval of state government.
“The PMC has now decided to implement the multi modal transport hub project on its own and has approved a new proposal to be sent to the state government for its permission,” said a civic officer.
In a proposal approved by the civic general body last week, municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar said that the PMC would begin the process of developing the multi modal transit hub in a 40,401.82 square metre plot in Balewadi on a PPP basis; the state government would give its nod to the project on the land it owned.
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