Rs 2,500 crore sought for road development in Pune division

The Pune Divisional Commissionerate has sought Rs 2,500 crore from the Centre and the State governments for developing a road network of 24,569 km in the division comprising five districts of Pune, Satara, Sangli, Solapur and Kolhapur. The commissionerate has also sought around Rs 800 crore for repair of roads.

The proposal was recently placed before the Vijay Kelkar committee set up by the state government to work out alternatives to remove regional imbalances in growth. The Committee visited the city earlier this month.

"We have put up the proposal before the Kelkar Committee. We are hoping the required funds are allocated at the earliest," said Divisional Commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh.

For extension of roads and building connecting roads, the commissionerate has demanded Rs 122 crore. "For the 24,569 km roads in the division, we need around Rs 2,585 crore," said an official from the commissionerate.

Pune district is looking at road extension of nearly 10,077 km, which would cost of Rs 252 crore. Satara's 3,097.82 km will incur a cost of Rs 619.56 crore, Sangli's 1,513.30 km will cost Rs 378.25 crore, Solapur's 8,712 km will cost Rs 871 crore and Kolhapur's 1,168.30 km demand will cost Rs 467.32 crore.

The Public Works Department has given details for development of roads on state highways, and district-level roads in the division. "The Committee gave a hearing to our demands. We hope the amount is soon disbursed," said an official.

The commissionerate has demanded Rs 815 crore for repair of 21,727.11 km of roads. According to the Deputy Commissioner (Development), there are major repairs that have to be completed.

In view of balanced development, there are many roads that need repair works. Pune district itself needs repair work on nearly 6,334.66 km which would cost Rs 237.55 crore. Satara needs to repair 3,390.57 km which would cost Rs 127.15 crore, Sangli needs Rs 124.5 crore for repair of 3,319.06 km, and Solapur needs Rs 224.40 crore for 5,982.96 km. Repairs needed on 2,639.86 km of roads in Kolhapur will cost Rs 101.25 crore.

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