CNG outlet construction at petrol pump demolished

The anti-encroachment team of the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) on Thursday demolished a construction for a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station at the Highway Petroleum Centre (HPC) on Sholapur Road. PCB officials said they had appellate authority orders to serve the demolition notice.

Pump owner Ali Daruwalla, also the spokesperson of the Pune Petrol Dealers Association, who had several rounds of talks with the PCB, said he was not given the no-objection certificate for the CNG station at his petrol pump. "We received the demolition notice on November 21 from the PCB. We had, on our part, written to the PCB on November 27, requesting to get this construction under our balance FSI we have on the said property. But the squad demolished it today,'' said Daruwalla.

PCB Chief Executive Officer K V Nagi Reddy said they were following the "appellate autority" orders. "We had issued the notice as per the orders and executed it. I believe that the appeal was forwarded to the GOC-in-C and it was not cleared,'' he said. Daruwalla said even as the city was moving towards increasing the number of CNG stations, the PCB had demolished the construction for CNG set up. "I am planning to write to Bhurelal Committee which had proposed CNG stations,'' he said.

Incidentally, Pune district Collector Vikas Deshmukh had aslo requested the PCB to let the petrol pump house the CNG station. District Supply Officer Madhukar Borse had even met PCB officials regarding the matter and requested their permissions. "We intervened after a request from the owner. I met PCB officials to request them to allow the CNG outlet. But I am not aware of other legalities,'' said Borse.

Daruwalla said, "Had this pump been commissioned, it would have helped auto drivers in the area,'' said Daruwalla.

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