Monday, January 24, 2011

Space-starved PMPML loses parking plot

The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML), struggling to find enough parking space at bus-stands and terminuses for its fleet of 1,550 buses, has been robbed of a plot of prime land reserved for a bus terminus (in the 1987 development plan). Through a government resolution (GR) the state government has changed the status of the 21,000 square feet plot in upmarket Deccan Gymkhana into a parking space for citizen's vehicles.

Civic activists alleged that it was an attempt to hand over the plot to a builder to construct a parking space in one part and use the remaining for his own commercial interest. PMPML officials expressed disappointment that plot had been converted despite their protests.

“We need the plot as we are facing a space crunch. We had registered our objection to changing the reservation. Despite it, this has happened. We are completely in the dark about this,” said PMPML joint managing director Satish Kulkarni.

PMPML officials say they had registered objections with the Pune Municipal Corporation and the Deputy Director of Town Planning. officials of the transport body, however are not directly blaming the PMC as being behind the move. “We have no clue who is behind the move. Who and how it was done, we can't say,” officials said.

When contacted, PMC Additional City Engineer Vivek Kharawadkar confirmed that the plot has been converted into a parking space for citizens. “We have received the government resolution. On Monday, I will provide the entire process as to how it came about,” he said.

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