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Pratibha Patil’s house stands on A1 defence land meant only for military use; military spending its resources for her

The Presidential denial is wearing thin. We learn that Rs8 crore of public money is allegedly being used to construct President Pratibha Patil’s bungalow on a land, which cannot be used for civilian purposes. And military resources are being deployed for her
 

In response to the Moneylife expose on how the President of India, Pratibha Patil, is constructing a house on defence land in Pune Cantonment while jawans live in abysmal conditions, the President of India’s office had issued a denial that no rules have been bent. But more skeletons are tumbling out, that reveal its futility in defending what it will be unable to defend. Here is the more in this developing story

 

First, The two bungalows stand on A1 Land of the Defence Land which means it has to be strictly used for military purpose and it cannot be used for civilian use. How then can President Patil even think of residing here?

 

Second, One bungalow on survey no 26A which rests on 2.1 acre land was in good condition and not declared as - what is termed in the army parlance - as`Beyond Economic Repair’ (BER). So, why was it pulled down?
 

Third, The President of India’s office in a press statement stated yesterday that only renovation is going on. However, the second bungalow on survey no 26B which is around 2.5 acres has been completely demolished to pave way for a new one. Is this called renovation?

 

Fourth, the Supreme Commander’s gallant soldiers and officers are paying for her post-retirement bungalow. The contract to build her palatial bungalow has been given by the MES (Military Engineering Services) under the aegis of Commander Works Engineers (CWE) Khadki which in turn comes under Chief Engineer Southern Command Headquarters. Thus, this project comes directly under Lt Gen A K Singh who is the present Army Commander of the Southern Command.  Lt Gen Singh needs to explain how he allowed the norms of allowing use of A1 Defence Land meant strictly for military purposes to be flouted and where is the provision to spend for a civilian bungalow

 
Fifth, the amount of money earmarked for her bungalow is allegedly Rs8 crore as per inside information in the Defence Estate Office. Will the President of India’s office reply to this extravagance being extracted from the public treasury?

 

In the meanwhile, Commander Ravindra Pathak (retd) and Col Suresh Patil (retd) and Anup Awasthi, RTI activist are holding a candlelight protest on Saturday, April 14th. Details are awaited.
 

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anantha ramdas

5 years ago

Today's Bangalore edition of the Mint has carried the Vinita Desmukh's story
of the year - President Pratibha Patel's
palatial palace in Pune - and how it came crumbling down, thanks to the moral and tremendous support given by Sucheta Dalal and Basu, well written by Vijayaraghavan, a veteran journalist. I think this is only the tip of the iceberg; only further investigation will reveal how the contractor was selected and how much money has been allocated for this purpose. Just as importantly, what does the Army plan to do with the unfinished building?
will they use it as a recreation centre or
convert it to an emergency medical
facility for the military personnel stationed in the area? Or will they simply demolish and build the promised housing facilities for the war widows and veterans of the Kargil War? I trust Vinita and her team will
continue their quest for truth. After all, we swear, by satyameva jayate?

james sandhu

5 years ago

it is not the goverment is wrong , it the shit of the people who vote for them in the first place

SWAMI NARAYANAN

5 years ago

HER TERM WAS A CRIMINAL WASTE OF PUBLIC MONEY AND WHETHER A SINGLE PERSON WAS
INSPIRED BY HER. THIS BAGGAGE WAS DUMPED ON THE POOR TAXPAYERS OF THIS POOR COUNTRY BY THE MADAMMA & CO. FOR THIS THE CONGRESS PARTY SHOULD COMPENSATE THE NATION. IF SHE WANT A PALACE TO LIVE THEN THE CONGRESS PAY FOR IT.

narayana swami

5 years ago

THIS KIND OF A PRESIDENT AND HER REPS THE GOVERNERS ARE REAL WASTE AND ARE DUMPING POSTS FOR *********s. how much money is wasted for this kind of HIPPO SKIN AVATHARS ?

Eugene Lobo

6 years ago

Dear Mrs Patil,
Every human born has to die someday, & you are not an exception! When we die we will have to stand before the Almighty for his judgement. The good deeds we do in this life will make our punishment forgiven or made lighter. You are rich by any standards, otherwise ask your children to support you as it is the law in Maharashtra that the children should look after their aging parents. Why you want to cheat your integrity & conscience by usurping the defense land, a palatial bungalow built on it by Army funds and spend some more crores to look after you after your retirement? You have looted enough already in the last 5years. Go to your hometown live with your dear ones and enjoy your remaining life with your dear children&grand children.Nobody caries anything with them in their last journey except the goodwill that they have earned. This is my humble request!

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malq

In Reply to Eugene Lobo 6 years ago

Dear Eugene . . . the Good Book says . . . Deuteronomy 32:35

rgds/VM

malq

6 years ago

Maybe people of Pune need to help in organising donations for interior decoration of Pratibha Patil's landgrab vaalaa home in Kirkee, Pune. She needs only 85 lakhs, it seems . . . apparently the lady now wants 85 lakhs for interior decoration work for the palace being built in Pune . . . where does the greed and landgrab end? Free food and drink for the rest of her family for how many generations, next?



http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/hom....



""In a huge snub to the head of the state President Pratibha Patil, the Home Ministry has turned down her demand for Rs 85 lakhs to do up her new controversy ridden retirement home in Pune.



Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram has reluctantly sanctioned Rs 20 lakhs which is still a record sum in the history of the republic.



Former presidents such as APJ Kalam were given Rs 6 and a half lakhs and earlier presidents such as KR Narayan and Shankar Dayal Sharma sought and got only Rs four and a half lakhs and one and a half lakhs.



This was cited by the Home Ministry to turn down Pratibha Patil's demand.""

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Eugene Lobo

In Reply to malq 6 years ago

I am residing close to Kirkee, & I refuse to donate for Mrs Patil's interior decoration. The spit balls that will land on her bungalow by the Kirkeans & Punekars in disgust will be decorative enough & will leave nothing short of a historical monument for a Daaku!

P M Ravindran

6 years ago

I have posted the following complaint at
http://helpline.rb.nic.in/GrievanceNew.a...

This is regarding the CLARIFICATION ON PRESIDENT'S POST RETIREMENT HOME at http://presidentofindia.nic.in/pr120412-...

I am disgusted at the shoddy clarification.

There are enough allegations against you in public domain and this beats them all.

I request you to get out of defence land and choose an accommodation as per the entitlement elsewhere.

P Vijayan Nair

6 years ago

Anna Hazare, Swami Ramdev, Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan, Subramaniam Swamy -- the Nation needs you now. The silence og the Army, the Government and the Media is deafening!

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Eugene lobo

In Reply to P Vijayan Nair 5 years ago

It is nice to be optimistic Sir, but these people or any other leaders are never there when you need them the most!

s pani

6 years ago

We had awise men like Dr.Radhakrshnan,A scientist of a caliber of Dr.Abdul Kalam.Now we have somebody who spends Rs.205 crores of tax payers money to move her family around the world,whose son is caught with Rs.1 crore distribution scandal during state municipal elections and what not.What a fall in standard!!!!!!!!!!

Capt Kiriti Guha

6 years ago

It is disgusting!!!!!!!!

She is no better that any of the other politicians. I feel that such people are totally unfit to hold the post of the President of this Country, where majority of the people are living below the poverty line and trying very hard to give their families the basic things in life such as shelter, four square meals, medical treatment and education that every citizen of this great country deserves. In addition many hardworking farmers from her district have been committing suicides and she yet is busy blowing up Tax payers money.

The Central Government and the Congress Party, will certainly have answers to rebut the write up and will say that she did not ask for any of this and the Government and the Armed services are doing this as she is the "Head of the Armed Services" as the President. Surely she could have refused to accept such benefits. is she had any feelings for the people and was a true leader of this nation and its people.

Capt Kiriti Guha

MoneyMunch

6 years ago

Our present ceo has looted the us earlir in mysterious excursions and then the house while her contribution is nil . A question pops into their heads must you provide for the article of Ceo in India and waste the exchequer\'s funds . Can such people sleep in deluxe when nation has such huge deficit available to you , She will be sacked for breach of regulations

Bharat

6 years ago

This episode again reminded all of us the controversies when she became president. This only reconfirms that previous allegations against her right.

jiwan sharotri

6 years ago

In our civ locality(Chattian/slaughtr house area) on d outr periphery of Kasauli Mil station, army authy didnot permit access for fire tendr to approach a house on fire - "because improvmnt of that approach rd /access, can't be permitted on def/mil landmil"/ resultng in d death of a man n his 4 yrs old daughtr sleepng in d affectd house. So That is d condut of hr mil authy n rules position regardng .managmnt of def/mil lands in our country. (our case v-s-avis Prathibha Patil) !!!

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VM

In Reply to jiwan sharotri 6 years ago

Dear Jiwan Sharotri, thank you for writing in, and terribly sorry to hear about this incident.

You may wish to take this up further by RTI, in which case you may get some help from here:- http://getup4change.org/rti/

rgds/VM

kishan bohra

6 years ago

its a shame...

raji

6 years ago

Irrespective of whether this last allegation is true or not,her being President of our country is a continuous joke being played for 5 long years on all of us, Indians

Public Interest Exclusive
Pratibha Patil’s Pune Bungalow: Denying the undeniable

While the Moneylife report on the construction of a post-retirement bungalow for Pratibha Patil in Pune became viral in social media, the President's office came up with a denial which did not address the core issues, but was carried faithfully by the mainstream media

When the Moneylife report on the construction of a post-retirement bungalow for president Pratibha Patil in Pune President Pratibha Patil grabs 2,61,000 sq ft of land meant for soldiers and officers hit the internet running, it became viral in the social media, attracting even more damaging information on the activities of the president and her immediate family in Maharashtra. The mainstream media was slow to react, despite constantly being needled in the social media for ignoring what was public knowledge in Maharashtra. Eventually the president's office came up with a denial which did not address the core issues, but was carried faithfully by the mainstream media. Meanwhile, out there in Pune, the truth is out there to be seen. Can anybody stop the truth from coming out in this day and age of internet? With this report we have pictures of the president’s bungalow under construction.

It doesn’t get higher than the president, in India, and in what appears to be an unwritten law with the mainstream media in Delhi, you don't persist in saying or writing anything about the office and the persons therein which can even remotely be considered to be demoralising or dishonouring. This could be in exchange for the typical quid-pro-quo arrangements that exist in Delhi with such things or born out of traditions going back to a day when feudal and colonial practices were justified. But times have changed.

And nobody brought this out better than Vinita Deshmukh of Pune, a regular columnist for Moneylife, winner of the Chameli Devi Award for journalism and fearless to her own truths to a point where the typical pressures that emanate in and from Delhi, didn’t really impact what is rapidly becoming a report with no previous parallel.



In a situation where corruption in high places is becoming the major issue in India, it is expected that the president and her office take extra special care to stay clear of even the least taint or suspicion. On that count there is still no cogent explanation or response.

Based on more inputs, it remains to be seen whether these questions will be answered or not, either through the RTI route or directly, and much of how the people of this country hold the high office of the president will be decided by that. That is the point that Ms Deshmukh’s report brings out in a straightforward article based on facts which only Moneylife had the guts to carry.

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K DESAI

5 years ago

I am ashamed to read opiniop of many for the President of India who is due to retire. Especially language used is most upsetting.

Withdrawal from the allotment made under some pretext is unassuming as it is by the Highest Authority of India. She has broken records of all earlier Presidents.

Is President for our protection or procurement?

v s sukumar

5 years ago

Congratulations to all the RTI crusaders, particularly Col.Patil who had the grit to withstand the pressure from all forms who have done a great service not only to the Defense Estates but also to the country by exposing the betrayal of the Oath by the highest dignitary of the country.

MoneyMunch

6 years ago

It is quite obvious that this President,who was furnished under unscrupulous means,whood winking the standard guy,is very little great in order to individual go above others. Except for sure,with regards to happenst become a grabbinng anything and everything over others. You should be justifiable ashamed,but MERA BHARAT MAHAN.

malq

6 years ago

Apparently the lady now wants 85 lakhs for interior decoration work for the palace being built in Pune . . .

http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/hom...

""In a huge snub to the head of the state President Pratibha Patil, the Home Ministry has turned down her demand for Rs 85 lakhs to do up her new controversy ridden retirement home in Pune.

Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram has reluctantly sanctioned Rs 20 lakhs which is still a record sum in the history of the republic.

Former presidents such as APJ Kalam were given Rs 6 and a half lakhs and earlier presidents such as KR Narayan and Shankar Dayal Sharma sought and got only Rs four and a half lakhs and one and a half lakhs.

This was cited by the Home Ministry to turn down Pratibha Patil's demand.""

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Pankaj

In Reply to malq 6 years ago

besharmi ki hadd kya hoti ho sakti hai ,,koi inse seekhe.. a new record set by none other then President.

George

6 years ago

Can somebody tell me the president's qualification.Reports tell of her being of great HELP to Sonia ji.
Long live Indian sycophants and corrupt politicians.

malq

6 years ago

And here are details of what the President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Patil, already owns (as per her own declaration).

""The President has a house in Amravati district of Maharashtra worth Rs 39.60 lakh and a 3.82 hectares farm house worth Rs 9.82 lakh. She has inherited 3.57 hectares agricultural land worth Rs 7.81 lakh from her father in Jalgaon and another land worth Rs 20 lakh in Dhule district. Patil had purchased two agricultural plots of 1.19 hectares and 1.49 hectares in Jalgaon district in 1997-98 worth Rs 3.64 lakh and Rs 2.90 lakh respectively.""

http://www.business-standard.com/india/n...

Lt Col Sreedhar GV

6 years ago

This is the price being paid by the Congress party for a rubber stamp President. It looks this President of India is shameless and has no conscience at all. If she has to grab land at all, why Military land? There are so many corrupt Congress Men in Maharastra who should have affered any land else where. Not only she is going to live there, it is her worthless inheritors who will enjoy the property after her& for ever! Is there any way of stopping this attrocity on Soldiers/Sailors/Airmen carried out by the highest authority in the country. Why not Anna Hazare's team or some other Maharastra(Pune) enthusiasts take up this issue quickly? At least obtain a stay order from a local Court on the construction work? I think it is very urgent. Many many thanks to Vinita Deshmukh of Pune.

meDilbert

6 years ago

Main stream media is controlled by Greed and Fear. Greed for govt Awards, Ads, Positions and Fear of CBI, IncomeTax and Defamation Law suite (Times Now ) They no longer have freedom of thought or courage.
Moneylife has been doing good job in keeping investors informed now it is challenging even bigger media houses.

Btw : Is tehelka still being published?

MoneyMunch

6 years ago

Ms. Pratiba Patil has now done sufficient damage by going to 23 nations together with her extended clan. Sonia (not Gandhi) selecting to just supplying second phase to Ms. Pratiba furthermore. Since Ms. Pratiba already viewed most the nations, she would like in order to consider remainder documented in palatial bungalow in Pune

madar

6 years ago

she is a disgusting person who made millions from fraud in cooerative banks and whose son was caught with 1 crore in his car and now she is grabbing land meant for army jawans. How can she be ihead of our nation and why BJP/congress allow it to happen and what is sonia gandhi doing as she is one who forced her on us.

KALYAN MAJUMDAR

6 years ago

It is very evident that the President,who was appointed under unscrupulous means,whood winking the common man,is no great person to rise above others.
Except of course,when it happenst to be grabbinng anything and everything over others.
We should be justifiable ashamed,but MERA BHARAT MAHAN.

malq

6 years ago


Here's Vinita Deshmukh on CNN IBN, where it appears as though the present President is sparring about the amount of land used by others!!

http://ibnlive.in.com/cnnibnvideos/mostv...

deepak

6 years ago

The congress will unleash its dogs and ED, IT, Econ Offence Wing, CBI, at the slightest whiff of wrongdoings by detractors like Kejriwal, Bei, Bhusans, Ramdev. But no action for even serious crimes will be taken against its own rubber stamp members

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malq

In Reply to deepak 6 years ago

Dear deepak, thank you for writing in, and have faith. Good will prevail over evil.

Please help by taking this cause far and wide, spread this article in regional languages if you can, and make sure that people get to know what is happening.

Thanks. And please wait for more revelations.

Regards/VM

ramarao chillariga

6 years ago

How come the Supreme commander kept quiet when the question of ONE RANK PAY came up and very many went to the extent of surrendering their medals?Now she has no qualms in occupying their land!!C.RAMA RAO.

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malq

In Reply to ramarao chillariga 6 years ago

Good question, Ramarao ji, and one that deserves to be asked across.

Please do ask the Office of the President's Sectt. And spread the word too. In regional languages, please, if possible.

rgds/VM

Mathai

6 years ago

The article seems to be a complete bogey. The author needs to apologise for misleading the Money Life readers. The Rashtrapati Bhavan clarification says that no land/property has been transferred ownership to the President. She is only being given a place to stay, as all presidents have been given. The place is stated to be a place earlier alloted as official residence of just a Lt. Col. This looks a very resonable situation. How can anyone object to this and blow this out of all proportion.

Roy Scaria has given information on an even more valuable allotment for ex- Pres. Abdul Kalam. Even this is not a transfer of ownership. So even this is OK. Presidents must be treated with respect atleast with an accomodation other people in service have used, for stay during their lifetime.

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Pankaj

In Reply to Mathai 6 years ago

another intersting piece for u , Ms Mathai

http://www.vigilonline.com/index.php?opt...

malq

In Reply to Mathai 6 years ago

Dear Mathai, thank you for writing in.

The statement from the President's Sectt. neglects to clarify various aspects, eg:-

# total space utilised and under what sort of procedures.
# total covered area all inclusive.
# who bears cost of fresh new building
# who all stay in the accomodation planned.

Occupancy and possession are what it is about in MH, please bear in mind, and take it from there.

Author and publication stand by what they have written. Just because somebody in the past may or may not have committed a wrong does not mean it becomes OK for the future.

rgds/VM

Public Interest Exclusive
MMRDA holds “public hearings” by giving a six-day notice with four days of holidays! – Part III

These hearings cannot be realistic without even the draft DPR and the preliminary drawings made available for study to the public. Such hearings could be safely termed as a farce

On 5 April 2012, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) announced holding of a public hearing of the Mumbai Metro Master Plan’s (MMMP) Line III alignment on 11 April 2012. The line travels through Colaba-Churchgate-Flora Fountain-VT-Girgaum-Grant Road-Mumbai Central-Mahalaxmi-Worli-Prabhadevi-Dadar-Sitla Devi-Dharavi-BKC-Airport-MIDC-SEEPZ. MMRDA’s R Ramana, additional chief engineer, transportation planning co-ordinated the hearing arrangements and proceedings. Under the chairmanship of SRV Srinivas, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA, the proceedings commenced 40 minutes late and progressed there on. PRK Murthy, chief engineer, transportation & communications division of MMRDA, GR Madan, director mass rapid transit systems, T&C Division, MMRDA, VK Phatak, former chief town & country planning, MMRDA, Dr Vikas Tondwalkar, director environment, MMRDA, and Vishram Patil, chief of rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R), MMRDA were on the dais. At the end, Metropolitan Commissioner Rahul Asthana joined the panel. 

 
MMRDA distributed an information sheet which stated that the fully underground Metro III will be 33.5 km and have 27 conveniently located stations. It would be having interconnectivity with Central Railway at VT (CSTM), with Western Railway at Churchgate, Grant Road and Mumbai Central stations, with Metro I at Marol Naka and Metro II at BKC and with the Monorail at Jacob Circle (Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk).

The construction would be by Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), NATM or cut & cover. It did not mention which all stretches would be by TBM and C&C methods but they mentioned during the proceedings that each station of C&C would take about a year and a half to construct.

A typical underground station would be fully air-conditioned, will have a concourse level and the platform level. Entry and exit, the information sheet said, will be by escalators and lifts, but MMRDA did not mention anything about a staircase. It will be designed for eight-coach trains. Station fire and emergency systems will be designed as per international standards (NFPA-130).

The information sheet tries to compare benefits of the Metro Line III with a motorcar trip and suburban rail travel. The comparison is faulty as it mentions a trip from Colaba, Cuffe Parade to Mumbai Airport; the directly connected alignment of the Metro with suburban rail for which there will be two road components of travel. It also mentions the time taken by a motorcar during peak period. Off-peak period travel time by a motorcar will actually take merely 40 minutes while it mentions it as 100 minutes, obviously for peak period travel. Metro travel is mentioned as 50 minutes, which, considering the 1.24 km average spacing of stations, limited permissible acceleration and deceleration, will give an average speed of not more than 30 kmph. This would mean, including dwell time, the airport trip will take not less than 70 minutes. Of course they have not tried to compare travel time with a BRTS, which can have an average speed of 25 to 30 kmph.

While the information sheet envisages the project completion by 2019, it says that ridership will be 13.87 lakh per day by 2025 and 16.99 lakh by 2031. It is silent on ridership in 2019. It does not give the peak period capacity in terms of pphpd (passengers per hour per direction) for the given frequency of an eight-coach train.

MMRDA stated that the Detail Project Report is ready. The advertisement of 5 April 2012 had mentioned that Mr Ramana could be contacted for any additional information. This sounds quite proper but when one sees the short time of six days between 5th and 10th had within that, four days of holidays—Mahavir Jayanti, Good Friday, Saturday and Sunday, leaving only Monday and Tuesday to even approach Mr Ramana, the whole hearing could be termed as farce. Despite this, the number who attended the hearing was reasonably good; the small Hall of the College of Insurance was full.

Issues raised by citizens varied from alignment and wanting the Charkop-Bandra made underground to issues of rehabilitation and Airport stations ‘gifted’ to GVK, the “owners/managers” of Chhattrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) to the issue concerned with Sustainable Urban Mobility.

 
Nitin Killawalla, Architect from Juhu Vile Parle area spearheading the campaign for having underground Metro Line II instead of planned elevated, suggested that Line II and Line III be merged and made underground right from Cuffe Parade, Colaba to Bandra and bifurcate one line continuing to Charkop and the other to Airport and SEEPZ. The Bandra-Mankhurd route could continue as planned. He cited hourly figures of boardings or alightings in the sections Charkop to Bandra to be 1,25,000 and Bandra to Cuffe Parade to be 1,89,000 in 2031. By doing this, he stated that the entire stabling yard or car shed planned in the Aarey “green” zone could be averted, using the Charkop area as planned for Line II.

Isn’t the site of Charkop car shed planned at Lalji Pada having an R&R issue?

The alignment going to SEEPZ via domestic and international airports passes through slums of Chimatpada and Sahar village. Representatives from these areas articulated their apprehensions of R&R. Former corporator from the area, Mr Almeida brought out the fact that GVK was given the land at a very insignificant price and was given development rights for three stations passing through the Airport touching domestic and international terminals and Sahar Road where the cargo section is located. To this, someone from Girgaum said that they too could be allowed to develop their ‘stations’ and commercially exploit them! Apparently the lands taken by MIDC from “bhoomiputras” were not compensated for in terms of R&R. They too wanted to come into the fold of R&R of the project.

Looking into the location of the Airport Stations, it gives the impression that the distance an air passenger will have to traverse will be so high that they may continue with their current mode of cars and taxis. In Delhi, the Airport metro train carries barely a score of people although the frequency is as high as 12 minutes. The reason is that the distance to be traversed to the metro station is long and takes 30 minutes to walk to after deplaning.

The author of this article reiterated the issue of Sustainable Urban Mobility. He briefly put forth the points he had written to the ministry of urban development about six weeks back, which has been covered in these columns “Metro Line 3 – Some questions need to be asked” and “Mumbai Metro Projects Attract Modifications by Centre”.

He said “As far as Mumbai is concerned, there seems to be little attention given to Sustainable Urban Mobility. All projects taken up seem to be of high cost, of long delivery duration and serving minuscule population of the city, while the majority of population suffers due to relief giving projects not being considered at all. Annual fatality figure of nearly 4,000 on overcrowded suburban rail system seems to be an irrelevant issue as much as the density of these commuters.

In a city where 44% walk to work, 3.1% use bicycles and most, including many using personal motor vehicles (only 2.8% use motorcars) use public transport or walk, focus seems to be on this small percent of population using personal motorized transport. Even the Mumbai Metro Master Plan and Mumbai Monorail Master Plan and the grand Garland Road Plan will not address the transportation and quality of life issues adequately or early.”

He recounted the twelve points from his letter to MoUD:
1.    Line 3 has 27 stations in 33.5 km length, giving an average station spacing of 1.24 km.

2.    Six- coach train will require about 135m of station length

3.    It is presumed that access to station platform will be through staircases, escalators and elevators. Their location on the roads would curtail the road pedestrian movements significantly unless the DPR has shown how it will not.

4.    DPR is not available for comments.

5.    At what depth would stations be and if they are at higher levels, then what is the method of construction envisaged?

6.    It is assumed that Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) will be used to bore the tunnel. Where would the TBM inserted into ground to commence boring and how would the excavated material removed and disposed off?

7.    How would the rakes be stabled? Where would the cars shed be located?

8.    What are the methods of providing ventilation and air-conditioning? Power requirement, how will this be met?

9.    What are the disaster mitigation plans and disaster management plans?

10.    There is a seismic faultline passing through the geological structure of Mumbai. How have they addressed this issue?

11.    Unlike the earlier Line 3 alignment which was going through the erstwhile mill areas of the island city that did not have railway line, the new alignment avoids that completely and runs almost parallel to the Western Railway line till Mumbai Central and Mahalaxmi stations. Intention may have been to bring it closer to Malabar Hill and Cumballa Hill where personal motorcar usage is very high. However, it is highly unlikely that personal motorcar users will use the Metro if the stations are not passing very close to their dwellings. The route needs to be reviewed from an overall perspective of reducing personal motorcar usage.

12.    There is no mention of how stations will be fed with commuters or how they will be dispersed. Whether they propose to provide for parking cars and if so, the very purpose of providing public transport through Metro gets defeated if one provides these car parks. Firstly these will be totally inadequate, forcing people to either park on road sides or use cars for full distances.

Of all these points, SRV Srinivas responded to the point on Disaster Management aspects in very general terms but did not mention what mitigation measures were being adopted. Mr Madan mentioned that they were going to adopt designs for eight-coach train as against six-coach they had been mentioning earlier. This would mean that the station length will be 180 m.

The positive part was that they all acknowledged the fact that the Metro Rail will take enormous time and nodded to the comment that Sustainable Urban Mobility must get priority in the form of making infrastructure for walking, cycling and the BRTS. How far the affirmative nod will take matters to reality is anybody’s guess.

(Sudhir Badami is a civil engineer and transportation analyst. He is on Government of Maharashtra’s Steering Committee on BRTS for Mumbai and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s Technical Advisory Committee on BRTS for Mumbai. He is also member of Research & MIS Committee of Unified Mumbai Metropolitan Transport Authority. He was member of Bombay High Court appointed erstwhile Road Monitoring Committee (2006-07). While he has been an active campaigner against Noise for more than a decade, he is a strong believer in functioning democracy. He can be contacted on email at sudhirbadami@gmail.com

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DrSharmila Rao PN

6 years ago

Out of curiosity, what if these discussions took place on a public forum like doordarshan, and invited people to give their opinion?

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