NMC clears demolition of flyover in front of railway station

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Sep 2018 09:17:54


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Shops under the flyover to be relocated at MSRTC land on primary-basis

Congress, BSP oppose the move to demolish the ‘design disaster’

Decks have been cleared for demolition of the ‘design disaster’ flyover in front of main railway station as special general body of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), on Saturday, has given its nod to demolishing it. Also, the House resolved to demolish the flyover after relocating the shops at the land at MSRTC land on primary-basis.

The flyover is likely to be demolished after Diwali fest.
The House was divided over the issue. To decide it, voting was conducted. The House passed the proposal with 92 votes in favour of demolition and 23 votes against it.
Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) opposed the demolition.

However, a BSP corporator Sanjay Burewar of that locality supported the move of the Ruling Party in NMC.
Mayor Nanda Jichkar presided over the special general body meeting held at Town Hall. Officiating Municipal Commissioner Ravindra Thakre also was present in the meeting.

The flyover situated in front of railway station and Ganesh Tekadi is creating huge problem for smooth flow of traffic. NMC will hand over the demolition work to Maha Metro.
The second portion of Ram Jhula is likely to be completed in October and after opening of the bridge, a bottle-neck will be created at Jaistambh Square leading to complete chaos. Demolishing the flyover was only solution to the problem.It may be noted that the flyover was constructed in the year 2008 and around 175 shops and a sulabh toilet were accommodated under it. The civic body had spent Rs 16.23 crore over the construction.

Dr V S Landge, VNIT’s technical consultant had suggested that the design for removal of present traffic chaos after opening of second phase of Ram Jhula. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport has sanctioned Rs 234 crore from Central Road Fund for improvement of traffic from Jaistambh to Manas square and from Jaistambh to KP ground. Maha Metro will develop 6 lane road from Jaistambh to Loha pul.

Senior congress corporator Praful Gudadhe Patil opposed the proposal of demolition as NMC did not study traffic problems created after opening of Ram Jhula. He also raised several questions regarding rehabilitation of shop owners and alleged that NMC is implementing the decision of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. The Central Government has sanctioned Rs 234 crore for the improvement of the road without passing the resolution in the house. Gadkari is trying to encroach power of the House, he alleged in the
press conference.

Ravindra Thakre, Officiating Municipal Commissioner said, Maha Metro has prepared Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) of Nagpur. Therefore, it is not necessary to conduct separate study for the CMP. NMC is serious about the rehabilitation of the shopowners and they will be rehabilitated on temporary basis and then permanent basis, he added.

Tanaji Vanve, Leader of Opposition, Moh Jamal, Leader of BSP also opposed the demolition of flyover as NMC has failed to inform about the rehabilitation of the shopkeepers. Tanaji alleged that NMC is trying to give entire city to
Maha Metro.

Dayashankar Tiwari, senior corporator informed the house that Maha Metro has completed the study of CMP and on the basis of that study, civic body is taking decision to demolish it as it will create problem for the smooth flow of traffic. Pravin Datke, senior corporator, who had moved the proposal, said VNIT, Nagpur Police, Maha Metro, NIT and NMC also studied the proposal of demolition.

Gudadhe has demanded voting over the proposal. The proposal was passed with 92 votes in favour and 23 votes in opposition. Sanjay Burrewar, BSP corporator of Prabhag 9 supported the demolition. This area comes under his prabhag.

Gadkari gave new directions to city’s development: Joshi
Sandip Joshi, Ruling Party leader in NMC gave a befitting reply to allegation levelled by Praful Gudadhe-Patil in the general body. He said, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has given new directions to overall development of the Orange City. He said, development works of about Rs 40,000 cr are under way in the city. Congress had promised to give Rs 25 crore per annum but not a single paise was given to the civic body then. The then Union Minister for Non-conventional Energy failed to bring a single solar lamp to the city and now, Congress is trying to ‘show light to the sun,’ he alleged. Joshi also alleged that Congress is opposed to relocation of shops under the flyover too.

He informed th House that Maha Metro has conducted survey of the area and found that it would create problem in future for smooth flow of traffic. VNIT also suggested to wait till the opening of second phase of Ram Jhula.
“We have decided to go by the suggestions and study conducted by Maha Metro. Maha Metro will relocate the shops at the MSRTC land and later at MP Stand land. The demolition work will not start without temporarily location of the shops,” he added.

“We have allowed discussion on the issue to know views of both the sides. Earlier, Congress was reluctant for discussion. The general body was crippled over the issue when Naresh Gawande was Mayor,” he allged.