The Pune Municipal authorities have decided to move ahead on making changes to the riverbed and riverbank, and work near Kharadi, with Koregaon Park, on the one bank, and the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, on the other, has been taken up.
Thousands of city residents have gathered for marches in protest, pressing the administration to hold public hearings about the issues, particularly the large-scale removal of ancient trees and the potential unscientific plans to either replant or transplant them elsewhere.
Public protests being held regularly
There is disquiet over the alleged allocation of the cleared land to private developers, who have already taken substantial positions alongside the project area.
Citizens present detailed objections to the proposed project, over both design and methodology