With final approval from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for MahaMetro to construct a double decker flyover on Kamptee Road, the concerned agency will have to raze only three properties against the six-seven required earlier.
The structures will be partially razed to facilitate the construction of the double decker flyover near LIC Square,” said a source, adding that the three structures in question had ‘encroached’ upon the NHAI road. Apart from these three structures, four open spaces will be acquired for the construction. The revised plan has actually reduced the cost of the project.
According to the earlier plan, the flyover was to start from the spot just opposite the SFS Cathedral, but now, it will begin from LIC Square. After owners of 64 properties near Gaddigodam Square firmly and unitedly opposed the move, union minister Nitin Gadkari directed MahaMetro and NHAI to redesign the double decker flyover.
The new design of the project will not be much of a problem for MahaMetro to construct the double decker flyover. On the left side of the road (from LIC Square to Gaddigodam), the parking premises of LIC building, a one-storey building of Pilar Niketan, a portion of the open space before a commercial building, the proposed commercial complex and a part of the ‘illegal construction’ of the G+3 storey Vohra Building will be affected.
On the other side, only Naidu Hospital (G+1 storey) may get affected. The patch ahead, towards LIC Square, will not face much of a problem as there are two open spaces on this side. One open space is owned by the 1848 Church. Its management has already given consent to provide land for the city’s development.
Only three constructed properties will have to be razed while a portion of the open spaces from six different properties will be acquired for the project. The sum of the compensation, to be borne by NMC, will come down substantially. The length of the double decker flyover, planned for the 5.4km stretch, will be increased by .24 MTR or 5.6km. The deadline for the Rs 600 crore project will be December 2020.