Pune Municipal Corporation Changes Location of Kasba Peth Metro Station Following Public Protests

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Aditi PatilLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

August 5, 2021

Location of Conflict

Kasba Peth

Pune

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Urban Development (Other than Smart Cities)

Metro station

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People Affected by Conflict

1200

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

0

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Starting Year

2014

State

Maharashtra

Sector

Infrastructure

After a yearlong resistance by the residents of Kasba Peth, a residential area in the heart of Pune city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) was compelled to change the location of the Kasba Peth metro station from the area. The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (MahaMetro) has now decided to construct the station on the land allocated to Dadoji Konddev Primary School. The property, which was owned by the PMC, has been handed over to MahaMetro. Work will begin in a year. 

MahaMetro needed one acre of land to construct the metro station. In December 2018, residents of Kasba Peth had staged a protest against the proposed underground metro station. Carrying banners opposing the metro, the protesters, which included women and children, sought the relocation of the station instead of themselves relocating. They said the metro was an unnecessary addition to the residential locality and feared that four centuriesold temples in the area may also be demolished for the metro construction.

The MahaMetro officials claimed to have a rehabilitation plan chalked out, under which the affected residents would have been rehabilitated within one kilometre of their existing homes.

The residents staged another protest in March 2019, emphasising that a metro station was not needed in a residential area like Kasba Peth. They said that families have been living in the area for many generations and have an emotional attachment to their homes.

The PMC had approved a proposal to build a metro rail system in the city in 2010. According to the website of the Pune Metro, in the last few decades, the city has witnessed a rise in population as well as migration of people from other cities for job opportunities. However, the city lacked sustainable infrastructure to facilitate easy commute. The average travel time for citizens in Pune using public transport is more than 100 minutes a day. This prompts many people to use private vehicles, which results in traffic congestion. MahaMetro decided to build the Pune Metro to address this issue. 

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Refusal to give up land for the project

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

11420

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Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

When did it end?

June, 2019

Why did the conflict end?

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) decided to change the location of the Kasba Peth metro station from the residential area following a year-long resistance by the residents. The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha-Metro) has now decided to construct the station on the land allocated to Dadoji Konddev Primary School. Land wasn't acquired for the project because the people resisted since the start.

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws, Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

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Out of Court

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Nature of Protest

Protests/marches, Campaigns (Grassroots organisations/press releases/media)

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Pune Municipal Corporation, Pune Chinchwad Municipal Corporation

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