State ap­proves pro­posal for state- of-the-art Pan­vel godown

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVIMUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­

Pan­vel will soon have a state- of- the- art in­te­grated godown, which will re­place three di­lap­i­dated gov­ern­ment godowns.

The state gov­ern­ment re­cently gave the go-ahead to the pro­posal.

The pro­posal re­ceived the gov­ern­ment’s nod af­ter 17 months. The godown with a ca­pac­ity to store food grains up to 3,000 met­ric tonnes will be con­structed by public works depart­ment (PWD) on public- pri­vate part­ner­ship mode within two years at a cost of Rs1.75 crore.

On Septem­ber 2, 2013, the col­lec­tor’s of­fice had sent a pro­posal to the state gov­ern­ment for ap­proval.

A di Raigad col­lec­tor of­fice, ‘The pro­posal has re­ceived the gov­ern­ment’s nod and tech­ni­cal process will soon be com­pleted, fol­low­ing which the con­struc­tion of the in­te­grated godown will kick off.”

“Ac­cord­ing to the pro­posal, the godown with a ca­pac­ity of 3,000 met­ric tonnes will be con­structed on 87 gun­tha land. A lay­out has been pre­pared. The new godown will be de­vel­oped by PWD af­ter lev­el­ing the plot,” he added.

The three godowns, each with a ca­pac­ity of 500 met­ric tonnes, were con­structed on the premises of the mar­ket yard in 1996. Th­ese godowns have been re­duced to ru­ins over the years due to poor main­te­nance.

The de­vel­op­ers lev­elled the land be­fore con­struc­tion re­sult­ing in seep­age of waste wa­ter f th id ti lb ildi into the godowns, thereby lead­ing to the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the godowns.

The godowns also used to get wa­ter­logged dur­ing rains. Around one- and- a- half years back, a wall of a godown had col­lapsed.

Public works depart­ment de­clared the struc­ture danger­ous, af­ter con­duct­ing struc­tural au­dit of it. It in­formed the civil sup­plies depart­ment about the same on July 17, 2013.

The col­lec­tor of­fice then pre­pared a pro­posal to de­velop the in­te­grated godown af­ter de­mol­ish­ing the old one.

The de­mo­li­tion of three old godowns hit a road­block ow­ing to lack of suf­fi­cient funds.

The de­mo­li­tion of ware­houses re­sumed af­ter PWD al­lo­cated Rs 19lakh to rev­enue depart­ment f it

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