Monday, April 22, 2013

Another DP .. Another attempt to Kill the City's Lungs - The Hills of Pune..

If you have been reading the papers at all, you will know that another Draft DP is out & our Great City Planners have done an "awesome" job by planning roads over & under the hills. Not only that they have also planned an Amusement park near the Vetal Tekdi Quarry.
Its time to once again Show our elected representative what the People of Pune really want.. Please don't ignore this & please take this small step to help ourselves & our future generations. 

Quick overview for whats in store for our city. 

The draft Development Plan for Pune 2007-2027 had the following proposals in store for the Tekdi - 
  • Three roads - two on the Law College hill, from Paud Phata to Senapati Bapat Rd and one from Panchavati/NCL up to the top near the Quarry
  • An amusement part at the top, somewhere in or near the Quarry
  • Two tunnels connecting Gokhalenagar to Kothrud and to Panchavati.
All these have been planned quite arbitrarily without any Environmental Impact Assessments, Detailed Project Reports or Traffic studies. If implemented it will mean the end of the tekdi as we know it.Developers and contractors have been hovering over this prime piece of land like vultures for years and this DP has given them a golden opportunity to sweep in.
It is up to those of us who cherish the peace and serenity of the tekdi to protect it from this rapacious 'development' which will inevitably bring with it vehicular traffic, noise, pollution, littering, encroachment by hawkers and safety issues. 
Citizens of Pune have the right to file suggestions or objections to the DP. The last date for submission of the letters is 26th April 2013

Note that the date has been extended by 60 Days now.. But to be safe, submit your objections before 15th June !

Act Now ! 

A. Collect & Submit Objections from your Locality (Physical /Offline) 

  1. Download and print the letter. 
  2. Collect as many signatures as you can on it (names and detailed addresses must be written clearly) 
  3. Submit the signed letter(s) to any of the following collection points BEFORE 24th April. 
Collection Points / Key People

Swati Pednekar (9823098017) who will be waiting on the central benches in Kamala Nehru Park between 7 and 9 am on Sunday 21st April
Abhijit Athavale who will be in the Athale Pavilion, Deccan Gymkhana Club at the foll. times

  1. M/W/F: after 7pm 
  2. T/T/S: After 7:30pm
Anand Shoppe - Bhandarkar Rd opp the Skoda Showroom
Lokmanya Hospital - Karve Rd, behind Ranka Jewelers
Dr Sushma Date - 9822061155
Anil Kelkar 98908826454.
Paranjape Vison Care. Opp Venus Traders, FC Road. 

Direct Submission at PMC : Room 110, 1st Floor, PMC building before 26th April
B. Online Submission of Objections with Signature
In case its impossible for you to submit a physical objection, we have made an online form available where you can submit your objections. Note that we prefer an offline physical objection.
Steps to Submit your Objection Online

2. There it will as you to Register entering your email & a password
3. It will show you a form which you can sign online..  
Please forward this to your friends as well & help spread the word.We need serious numbers once again to help us succeed.  Every signature makes a difference!