120-ft wide road to pass through Maval, villagers unimpressed
The people of Maval had given away land for the Pavana dam in the 70s and the Expressway in the late 90s.
The map released by the Pune division of the Town Planning Department in the beginning of this year shows a 120-ft-wide road from Baur Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area joining the Pune-Mumbai Expressway at Somatane. The map differentiates this road as ‘sanctioned’ from others that are ‘proposed’ and shows the road through Somatane, Parandwadi, Urse, Aade, Shivne, Ozarde, Sadavali, Pimpalkhute and four other villages. On August 9, Sathe of Shivne village and Tupe of Sadavali, died after police opened fire on people agitating against the proposed water pipeline from Pavana Dam, after they reportedly turned violent. Kantabai Thakar (40) of Yelse was the third villager who died.
Sources with the department said the work on the road project is slated to start sometime next year.
Vasant Bharade, a resident of Shivne, says, “It seems whatever the government does, we are at a loss. What’s worse, the government never cares to compensate for the losses. We are tired
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