Workers of the Aam Admi Party (AAP), North Nagpur said that the demolition of Ganesh Tekdi flyover in Nagpur would lead to a loss of Rs 25 crore. The Ganesh Tekadi flyover has caught the attention of Nagpurians ever since the news of demolition broke out. AAP workers of Nagpur recently staged a protest against the demolition under the guidance of Satvinder Singh, President of North Wing of AAP. Singh was of the opinion that the demolition would led to waste of public money.
Terming the design of the flyover as inappropriate, he accused Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari of ignoring the faulty design of the flyover despite attending the inauguration of the same. Singh said Ajni Railway over bridge needs to be reconstructed over the demolition of Tekadi flyover.
When Nation Next spoke to MLA from North Nagpur Dr Milind Mane about AAP’s claim of incurring losses, he said, “I’m completely against this protest. Money has to be spent! It’s for the betterment of the people. What is more important? The money or the lives of the people? Moreover, the flyover was built for the convenience of the people but it became inconvenient. So the flyover has to be demolished.”
Speaking about Ajni Railway over bridge, Mane said, “We have already sent a proposal for the reconstruction of Ajni Bridge.”
Sudhakar Deshmukh, MLA from West Nagpur told Nation Next, “We had taken the opinion of maximum Nagpurians before the demolition. Most of them said that the flyover was inconvenient and unprofessionally constructed.”
The flyover in front of Nagpur Railway Station, which connects Manas Square to Jaistambh Square, will be demolished soon. Nagpur Municipal Corporation had earlier cleared the demolition of the seven-year-old flyover, which was completed in 2011 at the cost of Rs 16.23 crore.
The demolition of the flyover is part of the plan, wherein NMC will transfer its land between Cotton Market and Khowa Market to Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha Metro). Apart from the demolition of the flyover, the plan also includes handing over the buildings of Mahatma Phule Market, Mahatma Phule School, Naka No 13 and Octroi Post to Maha Metro.
As per a report in The Times of India, the 175 shops beneath the flyover will be shifted along with MP and MSRTC bus stands located between railway station and Manas Square as part of a plan to solve the problem of traffic congestion around the railway station, Tekdi Ganesh Temple and Kingsway. The decision to rehabilitate shops beneath the flyover will also be taken. NMC had recovered the cost of the flyover from the 175 shop owners in 2006.
The demolition of the flyover was first suggested by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari following which former Nagpur Mayor Pravin Datke tabled a proposal in the NMC general body in June 2017 for a proper study of the flyover. Officials from the corporation then inspected the flow of traffic along with officials from Territorial Army 118 Battalion, Nagpur Traffic Police, Central Railway (CR) and South Eastern Central Railway (SECR). Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT, Nagpur) was then roped in and the experts at the institute to conduct a study and develop a plan to regulate traffic.