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Pune MP Shirole bats for trees on Univ Road
ST Correspondent | Wednesday, 10 June 2015 AT 11:58 PM IST
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Pune: Complimenting Sakal Times for its campaign to save the 96 trees on the University Road, which the civic body proposes to cut down for road widening, Pune MP Anil Shirole said that he would not allow the civic administration to chop down the trees. Shirole on Wednesday visited the Sakal Times office at Shivajinagar and touched upon various issues related to the city during a discussion with the editorial team. About the trees, he said that the civic body needed to look at solutions which would save the environment as well as ensure development. “I am sure that if we look at all options, we can save majority of the trees. We may lose some trees, but cutting down all 96 trees is not acceptable at all,” Shirole said. Shirole expressed skepticism about the civic body’s tree transplantation programmes.

‘Pune will have int’l Airport’
Putting to rest all doubts, MP Anil Shirole clarified that Pune will have an international airport and it will be around Chakan. According to Shirole, Pune needed its very own international airport, despite the fact that the proposed Navi Mumbai airport could be accessed from Pune. Shirole also said that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was in favour of a new international airport for Pune city. He said that an announcement would be made shortly. Shirole also said that due to his efforts, the existing Lohegaon Airport had got additional five acres land. An approval for the same had been given and the legal process to acquire the land had begun, he said.

‘Metro will be announced soon’
According to Shirole, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is keen that the Metro project starts in Pune soon and all necessary steps are being taken in that direction. “There were some doubts about the existing Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Pune Metro. The corridors were planned without considering the ridership. As an MP and citizen of Pune city, it was my duty to point out the mistakes at planning stage. If there are mistakes in planning, the whole project would flop. Mumbai monorail is the classic example,” he said. Justifying the delay in finalising the project, he said that rectifying mistakes at the planning stage is important to prevent repentence later.

Kajal Veera - Thursday, 11 June 2015 AT 07:54 PM IST
MP Anil Shirole : Could you also please address the respecive departments and citizens about cleanliness in the city pick grabages e.g Bhavani peth area etc and many more and Swach bharat abhiyan should be implemented in full swing..TO Keep PUNE CITY clean...

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