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MPs to oppose denotification of highway
ST Correspondent | Sunday, 16 April 2017 AT 12:31 AM IST
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Pune: In the backdrop of reports that the lobby of restaurant owners pressurising the Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporations to denotify stretches of highways passing through the city area, BJP MP Amar Sable and senior Shiv Sena leader and Shirur MP Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil on Saturday said they would oppose the move if the PCMC tables the proposal in its General Body meeting to denotify the Pune-Nashik Highway to safeguard the interests of restaurants and permit rooms located along the highway.

They were speaking on the sidelines of the District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee (Disha) meeting, which was attended by MP Anil Shirole and MLA Suresh Gore. Several department heads in the district administration attended this meeting.

Adhalrao Patil said the Central government has already sanctioned Rs 1,500 crore for the six-laning work of the 18-km stretch of the highway from Nashik Phata to Moshi Toll plaza. He said if this road is denotified, then funds will stop. He said, “We have to decide once for all whether the highway or the sale of liquor is important to us.” MP Sable said they respect the Supreme Court’s order that has banned sale of liquor within 500 metres of highways. They would oppose if attempts are made to denotify the Pune-Nashik Highway.

Adhalrao Patil said road widening is the need of the hour. The roads in Moshi, Chakan and Khed are crowded due to presence of MIDC in the area. So, six-laning of this stretch is needed. However, denotification of this stretch will stop the work.
He said the road is accident-prone. If it is denotified, there are chances of more accidents taking place. The Shiv Sena MP said the six-laning work will start once 80 per cent of land is acquired. So far, 60 per cent land has been acquired.
 
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Tejas - Monday, 17 April 2017 AT 09:07 PM IST
what about the BRT passing that is been given on national highways. What is the main motto behind that given the BRT Passing and not denotifying the highways too.
 
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