Mumbai biggies shut the road to Maval school

Pansoli village residents are forced to take treacherous routes to school and market as their ring road has been closed down by some bizmen

The residents of Pansoli village are having a hard time since their ring road has been closed down by some industrialist. They now have to use the Pavana dam side route which is very dangerous. Pansoli village (Maval) is 80 to 90 km from Pune and 25 to 29 km from Lonavala. Even the children are not able to attend school.

Mansiha Laxman Ghadge is a 14-year-old standard VIII student. “The Pansoli village main ring road has been closed by some businessman. I am not able to attend my school. The optional road behind Pavana dam is very dangerous. The government should intervene and reopen our ring road,” she said.


Varsha Vasant Mohad, 13, is a standard VII student. “The Pansoli village main road has been closed for the last six months. It’s very difficult to reach school. I have to walk 15 km to school. The optional road is not properly developed and landslides happen there. We prefer to go school from Pavana dam side, but it’s also risky, as we can slip and fall in the water,” she said.

Ganga Laxman Ghadge, 7, and Ganesh Laxman Ghadge, 7, study in the Zilla Parishad school. Their parents are worried about them because the road is dangerous so they do not want to send them to school.
 The Irrigation Department provided another option but it is dangerous because of landslides, especially during the monsoons.


Govind Ghadge said that some businessman has closed the main road, and another road under forest department is also closed. There is no other option but to go to the Lonavala market, and in a medical emergency there is no road to reach the hospital. Construction is not allowed within 100 metres of the dam but an illegal helipad has been constructed within 15 feet.

Sagar Ghadge said that the Pavana dam affected people have not been rehabilitated. Residents of Pansoli, Kever and Manjgaon villages are waiting for rehabilitation.

Pavana dam executive engineer Manohar Khade says that construction is prohibited within 100 metres of the dam. “We will definitely find a solution to this problem. We have already given another option to villagers, but they are not ready to use another road,” he said.

Maval tehsildar Sunil Thorve said that they would definitely solve this problem. “We will discuss it with the irrigation and forest departments and very soon the government will find other option,” he said.


Originally published on The Golden Sparrow

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