Morcha held against Pimpri Chinchwad New Township Development Authority


PUNE: Protesting against the Pimpri Chinchwad New Township Development Authority's major action against unauthorized structures, hundreds of citizens participated in a morcha organized in Nigdi on Thursday.

Various social groups and political parties, including the Shiv Sena, the BJP and the Nagrari Hakka Suraksha Samiti had organized the morcha which began at 10.30am in Nigdi.

Prior to the morcha, a public meeting was held wherein leaders of various political parties and social organizations addressed the people.

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), too, supported the morcha.

Shiv Sena leader Shrirang Barne said the citizens paid stamp duty to the government when they purchased or built their houses in Pradhikaran areas. These houses are now being termed as unauthorized constructions.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has provided basic amenities like roads and water supply to the areas of PCNTDA or Pradhiakran. The PCNTDA, he said, does not have any right to take action against the structures. The agitation will be intensified if the state government does not regularize the structures, he said.

The citizens carried black flags and raised slogans against the PCNTDA. Among others who spoke on the occasion were former independent corporator Maruti Bhapkar, Shiv Sena corporator Sulabha Ubale, Amar Sable of the BJP, Anant Korhale, group leader of MNS, Manav Kamble, president of Nagari Hakka Suraksha Samiti and Mayur Kalate, president of Pimpri Chinchwad NCP's youth wing.

The agitators had to disperse without receiving any assurance from the PCNTDA officials.

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  • 'Stop action against encroachments'

    PUNE: Leaders of all parties in Pimpri-Chinchwad have asked the municipal corporation to seek directives from the state government on its ongoing anti-encroachment drive. Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar willl also hold a meeting on the issue with all party leaders next week.

    Municipal commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi said, "Around 25 corporators, including mayor Mohini Lande and Shiv Sena leader Shrirang Barne, met me today (Tuesday) and demanded that the ongoing anti-encroachment drive of the civic body be stopped. They sought time to hold consultations with senior leaders like chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar. We welcome the consultative process to seek a solution for the problem of unauthorised constructions."

    He added, "We will wait for a week for the meeting to take place. The meeting with Pawar and the three MLAs from the township will be held next week in Pune."

    Pardeshi said, "The high court has given directives to act against unauthorised constructions. The state government has amended the Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporation (BPMC)

    Act, 1949, under which civic officials can face three years' imprisonment and a fine of Rs 30,000 for not taking action against unauthorised constructions. As a result, the administration has to take action against unauthorised constructions.

    We have taken action only against ongoing illegal constructions that have come up after March 31 this year. We will explain this administrative position at the meeting."

    "We cannot say whether the drive will be suspended. We will utilise the time to prepare ourselves for the drive," he said.

    Pimpri-Chinchwad mayor Mohini Lande said, "The civic administration was going to conduct the drive in Dighi, Chikhli, and Talawade from Tuesday. This had created panic among citizens in these areas. As a result, an all-party delegation of corporators met the municipal commissioner demanding that the drive be stopped."








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  • Originally Posted by MANOJa

    In Pune, 950 people could afford a house costing Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh, while 269 could afford it in Nagpur, 91 in Nanded and 31 in Malegaon. Again, 686 people could afford a house costing Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh in Pune followed by 79 in Nagpur, 27 in Nanded and three in Malegaon.

    In the survey, 105 EWP people in Pune said they could afford to pay for a house that costs between Rs 10-15 lakh, while the number was 10 in Nagpur, three in Nanded and one in Malegaon.


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  • Housing societies go easy on water usage

    PUNE: Banning watering of plants using a hosepipe, wiping vehicles instead of washing them and reducing the duration of water supply to individual buildings are some measures adopted by housing societies to save water in this season of shortage.

    Nandu Moze, chairman of Hermes Heritage Co-operative housing society in Kalyaninagar, said, "We have over 600 flats in our society and the amount of water we receive from Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is very less. We have been asking for extra tankers for the past one month. We need about seven to eight tankers even on normal days. But, now, with water-cuts, we are arranging for 15 tankers per day."

    The society has circulated a notice among the residents asking them to use water judiciously. It has also decided to impose Rs 1,000 fine on residents who turn on the taps and let water flow unchecked.

    The office-bearers of Nav Ajantha Co-operative housing society on Paud Road have told members to stop washing vehicles for some time.

    Dnyanesh Sawant, one of the office-bearers of the society, said, "We have limited the amount of water supplied to each building from the main water tank. We have asked the members to wipe their vehicles instead of washing them. Our security guard has also been assigned to check if someone was washing their vehicle and consuming more water."

    The society has decided to issue warning letters to flat owners found misusing water in any way and impose a fine on those who do not follow instructions for saving water. The society has over 100 flats.

    Nyati Meadows society in Vadgaonsheri has been facing acute problems because of the water cuts. Virendra Tekawade, one of the office-bearers, said, "We have been asking for extra tankers since the last month. We have already exceeded our budget for water this year. The rates of tankers have also gone up. Last year, we bought one water tanker for Rs 400 to Rs 450 and now we have to pay Rs 750 for each tanker. Everyday, at least 10 to 12 tankers are needed." The society has 329 flats.

    Kalyan Co-operative housing society in Bhawani Peth receives water from the PMC for just two hours in the morning. "We have 110 flats in our society. We cannot manage with the PMC water along, hence we have asked for tankers. We have been watering the common garden of the society only on alternate days. Also, flat members have been asked to water plants inside their homes only thrice a week and without using a hosepipe," Rishikesh Jagtap, secretary of the society said.

    Golden Harvest society in Karvenagar has stopped washing the building staircase which was a weekly task till March. "Due to water shortage, we have been trying to save water in every way we can. In fact, we called a small meeting of all society members to discuss the measures to be taken to save water. We now get the stairway wiped," Keshav Gupta, chairman of the society said.



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  • Sewage treatment plant work delayed

    PUNE: Work on an amibitious project to recycle water from the sewage treatment plant of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has been delayed for over a year now. The need for recycling water is being felt urgently because of the looming water crisis in the wake of the delayed monsoon.

    The civic body has not yet been able to sign an agreement with the private contractor for 'ultrafiltration' of the water from the sewage treatment plant at Kasarwadi. The water from the STP is to be used for industries in Pimpri-Chinchwad.

    The standing committee of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation(PCMC) had approved a resolution in April 2010 to give powers to the municipal commissioner to sign a primary agreement with a private company for installing an ultrafiltration plant at 120 MLD capacity Sewage Treatment Plant(STP) in Kasarwadi. However, no work has started as yet.

    Speaking to TOI, Ayubkhan Pathan, executive engineer, drainage department, PCMC said, "The agreement has still not been finalized and signed with the company. We are still finalizing the conditions for the agreement."

    He said, "The industries are provided water by Maharashtra Industries Development Corporation(MIDC) in the industrial areas of Pimpri Chinchwad city. MIDC earns a revenue of Rs 4 to 5 crore from it. There are no existing rules under which the industries can use water provided by organisations other than MIDC. So we do not have customers for the treated water."

    He added, "The majority of industries in our city are automobile based which require less water. Chemical companies normally need more water but they are few in the city. We need to have assured customers to enable us to start work on the project as it is too expensive to make STP's treated water fit for industrial use."

    The industries have to use the drinking water supplied to them at commercial rates for various purposes like gardening and cleaning purposes. The industries will be able to use the treated water for these purposes and reduce their dependence on drinking water and save the expenditure on water. This will also result in saving of drinking water by PCMC which can be used to supply to water scarce areas of the municipal limits.

    The irrigation department releases water for Pimpri-Chinchwad township through the Pavana dam into the Pavana river. This water is stored at Ravet bund which is lifted by PCMC for treatment. PCMC lifts around 420 Million Litres per Day(MLD) water from Pavana river and treats for supplying it as drinking water.

    A total of 264 MLD sewage is generated in the city. There are 11 STPs operational in the city and construction of two STPs is in progress. Of the 264 MLD sewage water, 210 MLD sewage is treated at the STP's. MIDC too lifts water from the Pavana river near Ravet bund and treats the water before supplying it to the industries in the Pimpri Chinchwad city.

    NCP corporator Prashant Shitole at a recent civic GB meeting had said that the MIDC supplies water to the industries at the rate of Rs 25 per 1,000 litres. If the PCMC sells the treated water at the rate of Rs 15 per 1,000 litres then also both the civic body and industries can benefit. It will reduce the dependence of industries on drinking water.

    The rains have been delayed in this monsoon season and there have been scanty rains in the Pune region till now as a result the water levels in Pavana dam have gone down considerably. If the rains play truant for one more fortnight then the PCMC may have to impose a water cut. As a result the implementation of the water recycling project has become a necessity, he said.




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  • Corporators propose higher FSI in Pimpri-Chinchwad

    PUNE: Some corporators from Pimpri-Chinchwad have sent a proposal to the PCMC's general body, suggesting that additional floor space index (FSI) be allowed for constructions on small plots measuring 500 sq ft to 2,000 sq ft. They say this will help curb the growth of unauthorized constructions.

    At present, the FSI for PCMC areas is 1 and there are many constructions in violation of this. In recent months the civic body has undertaken many drives to demolish such illegal structures.

    The proposal, forwarded by former standing committee chairman Prashant Shitole and senior corporator Narayan Bahirwade, states that residents have built their homes on small plots ranging from half a guntha to two gunthas (guntha = 1,000 sq ft). "The civic body must allow double FSI, in addition to the permissible FSI for the plots. It must also make requisite changes in the existing rules. This will reduce the burden on basic utilities like water supply, electricity and drainage," the proposal states.

    The proposal was approved by the city improvement committee (CIC) of the PCMC last month.

    Speaking to TOI, NCP corporator Prashant Shitole said, "The common man faces many hardships in getting building permission from the civic body. One of the main problems is getting the plot measured. Someone who owns a small plot of land has to pay measurement fees for the entire survey number, which could be around two or three acres of land. This turns out to be very expensive, almost as much as building a small house."

    He said that civic officials from the town planning or building permission departments should be given the power to conduct the measurement of plots. "We will also suggest some more changes to be made in the rules so that the common man gets the building permission and then begins constructing his house. This will prevent new, unauthorized constructions from coming up," he said.





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  • City roads set to become more user-friendly for all

    PUNE: Roads and streets in the city are set to undergo a change in their design which will make them more safe and user friendly for pedestrians, cycle riders, bus commuters, motorists, street vendors as well as disabled persons.

    The Pune Municipal Corporation has taken up an ambitious street improvement project aimed at having high-quality designed streets, which the civic body says, is a vital step to make a more liveable city. As part of the project, about 1800 km of street network in the city is to be improved in a phased manner. PMC has planned to implement consistent edge-to-edge street designs and follow the best practices which would be helpful for all road users.

    Go on to most streets in the city and one would find that encroachments, bad quality footpaths, lack of proper road signages and parking facilities makes it very difficult and unsafe for people to simply walk, ride a bicycle or reach the nearest bus stop to catch a bus. Hawkers or other vendors constantly have the fear of being evicted as they do not have any space earmarked for them either on or off the roads.

    The Pune Municipal Corporation says it has now recognized the need for timely management of various aspects of urban transportation which will benefit all residents. This includes strengthening of public transport, and a road network which is friendly for pedestrians and bicycle. For this, the civic body has planned various initiatives, programs, projects as well as investments.

    Called as the `Pune Streets Programme' by the municipal corporation, the first task is to prepare a comprehensive streets design manual which would be used as a basis and standard for all road designs. The street design guidelines are to be prepared with public participation. Widespread public consultations with bus commuters, pedestrians, senior citizens clubs, bicycle users, hawkers and vendors organizations, autorickshaw unions, waste picker unions, organizations related to persons with disabilities, select schools and colleges as well as NGO's working on issues related to traffic and transport are to be held for preparing the street design manual.

    For the Pune Streets Programme, the civic body has referred to its comprehensive mobility plan, which it says is compliance with the National Urban Transport Policy of the Union government. The mobility plan, the corporation says, has emphasized on ``moving people, not vehicles''. Accordingly, priority has been given to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. The mobility plan has set the goals for reducing traffic accidents, improving air quality and improving mobility in the city. The street design guidelines will be in accordance with the objectives of the mobility plan, say civic officials. The street design guidelines would be prepared by by urban designers, landscape artists and transport planners which would be selected by the municipal corporation.

    The street design guidelines will take into account the fact that there are various arterial and sub-arterial roads, which have different widths. Moreover, while some of the roads have one-way traffic, there are other roads where Bus Rapid Transit and other transport projects have been planned. There would be different set of guidelines for the core areas of the city, and to enhance the identity of heritage sites or other features unique to the city. The street design guidelines would be used by the municipal corporation's technical team and engineering staff to guide the contractors of all road works and urban designers who would be appointed to create detailed design drawing of streets and public spaces. PMC has stated that it is also in the process of getting some streets designed on a pilot basis by qualified urban designers. The experience and inputs from these exercises are to be incorporated into the guidelines.

    PMC's additional city engineer (roads) Pramod Nirbhavane said the guidelines will help bring uniformity in construction of roads and making provisions for different road users. "We hope the street design guidelines would be ready in the next six months. This is a specialized job which may take more time if needed," Nirbhavane said. He said the PMC is in the process of getting some streets designed from qualified urban designers on a pilot basis.

    Ranjit Gadgil of 'Parisar', which is striving to create a sustainable urban transport in the city, said that detailed design of roads or streets has not been done till now. Only a structural design is done for movement of vehicles and there is no specific design for footpaths, traffic signals, bus-stops and other utilities. The junctions are also not properly designed. "The city of Delhi has a street design manual. Besides, several other cities abroad have street design manual where the specifications of all aspects and features related to roads and infrastructure have been stated. There is consistency in the way roads and streets are built. Pune too needs well-designed streets and roads as per guidelines," Gadgil said.

    Even as the guidelines are being prepared, the civic body has planned to empanel urban design professionals who would be assigned to prepare total designs of certain streets. The designs would ensure proper continuous footpaths, cycle tracks wherever necessary, placement of utilities, design of rest areas and public spaces, junctions, road signages, spaces for hawkers and vendors and all other elements which come under urban street environment.

    The design will be prepared on the basis of land use surveys, traffic counts, and other surveys related to activity on the street, on street parking facilities, and detailed landscaping details. Meanwhile, the municipal corporation will have a Pune Streets Project working group comprising civic technical officers. The working group would be responsible for coordination and supervision works.









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  • New Development Plan under wraps, corporators smell a rat

    PUNE: The new Development Plan spanning 2007-2027 for the city is stuck as the civic administration and elected representatives do not see eye to eye over bringing the document into public domain.

    Elected representatives, deprived of copies, have accused the civic administration as "secretive" about the Development Plan (DP), while the civic administration has stated that the copies are not being made public fearing "political pressure" to make changes in the proposed reservation of land for amenities.

    A development plan lays out policies and proposals for the development and use of land in the city. It is meant to guide decisions on whether development permission should be granted under the development control rules. The decisions must be consistent and match the development plan adopted by the authority, after public consultation.

    "The civic administration's approach is surprising. Elected representatives are trustees in the civic body and they have every right to get all the information they want. The DP is public property and there is no point in hiding it. The civic administration may have something to hide and that is why they don't want elected representatives to go through the DP," Congress leader Aba Bagul said.

    BJP corporator and city unit chief Vikas Mathkari said, "The civic administration not revealing the DP creates some suspicion in people. The city and its representatives need to know the administration's plan for the development of the city. It is a cause for concern if the city's development plan is secretive."

    The Republican Party of India's (Athavale faction) leader Siddharth Dhende said, " We doubt the civic administration's intensions. It may have drafted a biased DP in favour of builders and developers. Copies of the DP must be given to elected representatives so that we can study the plan well advance before it is tabled for the general body's consideration."

    The ruling Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is with the civic administration. City Improvement Committee (CIC) chairman and NCP corporator Chetan Tupe said, "The civic administration had submitted the DP to the CIC in December 2011. The civic elections were in February 2012, hence no decision was taken. The new CIC was constituted after the election and I became its chairman in March. Since then, we have been discussing the DP and the civic administration has made several presentations to us."

    Tupe added, "Once the CIC approves the DP it will be tabled before the general body and all corporators will get their copies. Members of the CIC have received the copies and the development control rules (DC) are with party leaders. There is technical problem in making the DP public."

    City engineer Prashant Waghmare said, "There is specified procedure for the approval of the DP. Once the CIC approves the plan, it is tabled before the GB meeting. After discussions, the GB proposes changes in the plan and the draft DP is made public for suggestions and objections. The hearing committee comprising four government members and three standing committee members hears them. The report is tabled before the GB and after its final decision, the plan is forwarded to the state for approval." Waghmare said there was no secrecy. "We have to follow the procedure," he added.

    A senior civic official said that the administration feared that politicians, builders, developers and other interested stakeholders would mount pressure on the administration once the DP is in public domain.

    "If the DP is made the GB's property and then put on public domain, the GB will decide what they want to do with the document. If the plan is in public domain, leaders will put pressure for deletion of amenity reservations on the lands they own. Even the construction industry has lots of stakes involved in land issues and they wield power through polticians to put or vacate reservation on particular land" said one of the official's requesting anonymity.

    The prolonged process

    Civic activists fear that the tug-of-war between politicians and the civic administration would further delay the process to approve the DP.

    Pune's earlier DP was drafted in 1982, passed in 1987 and was to expire in 1997. However, since the DP was executed only 20 per cent, it got a 10-year extension. When the expiry dated loomed yet again, the civic body sought another extension from the state government and a new deadline of December 2010 was set.

    The civic administration completed submitted the draft DP copy to the CIC in December 2011. This was the first DP in 24 years after 1987.

    Under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act 1966, the new DP should have been prepared before 2007 and the execution should have begun in 2007. However, in December 2007, the PMC announced its intention to prepare a new DP. According to the rules, maps should be ready within six months and within two years suggestions and objections of citizens should be sought.

    "We have already lost five years. Till the GB and government approve the DP, more years will be lost. The plan is for 2007 to 2027, but the city's dynamics are changing every few months. By the time, a plan is approved by the state government, it would be nearly outdated," said civic activist Vijay Kumbhar.

    However, CIC chairman Chetan Tupe said the state government has announced that the DP will be approved within six months after the submission and hence there would be no delay in approval.

    The existing Development Plan 1987-2007 for old limits of PMC covers approximately 146.11 km. The land use according to the sanctioned DP has been implemented to approximately 30%. About 60% of the roads proposed in 1987 DP have been developed.

    The new Development Plan

    A hike in the floor space index (FSI), cluster development for old wadas and a new road network are some highlights of the draft of the new DP for the old areas of the city.

    According to highly placed sources, the administration plans to introduce a proposal allocating additional FSI for redevelopment of old properties, parking plots, old age homes and the areas where the proposed metro railway will run.

    Additional FSI would decongest old city areas and upgrade basic infrastructure there. As of now, the PMC allows 1.5 FSI in the old city areas including in the peths. The administration has proposed new roads, tunnels and flyovers.

    The DP also incorporates the metro railway plan and the cluster development of wadas, with appropriate share to tenants living there for decades.

    Development Plan highlights


    Proposals for allocating the use of land for residential, industrial, commercial, agricultural and recreational purposes

    Proposals for the designation of land for public purposes such as schools, colleges and other educational institutions, medical and public health institutions, markets, social welfare and cultural institutions, theatres and places for public entertainment, or public assembly, museums, art galleries, religious buildings and government and other public buildings

    Proposals for designation of areas for open spaces, playgrounds

    Transport and communication, such as roads, parks, canals

    Water supply, drainage, sewerage, sewage disposal, other public utilities, amenities and services including power and gas

    Reservation of land for community facilities and services

    Proposals for designation of sites for service industries, industrial estates

    Preservation, conservation and development of areas of natural scenery and landscape.

    Preservation of features, structures of places of historical, natural, architectural and scientific interest and educational value

    Development through the years


    * According to the 74th amendment to the Constitution, the local self-government must facilitate the planning process through the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966

    * According to the act, a development plan (DP) shall be carried out, based on existing landuse map and a survey in accordance with the regional plan.

    * The first town planning scheme in Pune was prepared for Shivajinagar in 1918

    * A master plan came up for 'Poona' in 1952

    * The first development plan according to the new legislation was prepared in 1966. Its revisions was sanctioned in 1987

    * Eight town planning schemes in Pune were finalised till 1989

    * Development plan of Sutarwadi was prepared in 1992 and sanctioned in 1995

    * The DP for 23 merged villages was submitted to the government in December 2005 and approved in 2011









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  • Teething trouble for software to secure property deals

    Days after it was installed with the objective of securing property deals, iSarita, the new software, is apparently giving its users a difficult time. It was supposed to speed up registration of property documents, however, the process is moving at snail’s pace. As result, the sub-registrars’ offices in the city are staring at heaps of documents awaiting clearance.

    The Stamp and Registration software, named iSarita (Stamp And Registration with Information Technology Application), has been installed at sub-registrars’ offices in Kothrud, Chandannagar, Hadapsar, Ambegaon Narhe and Chinchwad in the past fortnight.

    It is an ambitious project of the office of Inspector General of Registration aimed at making buying and selling of property safe and secure. iSarita is expected to put a full stop to frauds like selling a property to several customers, officials said. The software can, within minutes, detect if a property being registered was sold to somebody else by the same person earlier.

    However, for a week since it was installed at Chinchwad (Haveli 5) office, citizens have been spending hours waiting for registeration for their documents only to be told to come the next day. “It’s the same story the next day. I don’t know what kind of a software this is,” said R K Rithe (named change) who had bought a new flat in Chinchwad. “My family is eagerly waiting to move into the new house. We have been staying in a chawl all these years. I hope the sub-registrar’s office will push my case,” he said.

    Advocate Satish Verma said his clients have been having a tough time since the new software was launched. “I could get number of documents registered after getting the papers in order. Now, hardly any of documents submitted by my office are getting registered. Not only are my clients unhappy, but it is also a huge loss for all the advocates practising here,” he said. Verma said the software seems to have been installed but the staff does not seem trained in operating it. “They are struggling with the software. You can see that on their faces and their stock reply of not having been able to clear the documents,” Verma said.

    Chinchwad sub-registrar R B Doke conceded that they were facing “starting troubles”. “Earlier, our office registered around 50 documents every day. These days, the figures have come down drastically. On first day the software was installed, we could register only two property documents, next day 10 and on third day 21. After that, it has been around 10 documents a day.”

    Kothrud sub-registrar Nandkishore Giri said, “For two three days, we faced problems which was bound to happen...otherwise the software is an excellent one. If citizens bring bar code from outside, then the process becomes even faster.”

    Doke, however, said his staff was confident that they would iron out the problem soon. The new software, he said, would help prospective property buyers or sellers. “Buyers being will be a thing of the past, thanks to this software. Those buying land can now do so without the fear of it having been sold to somebody else,” he said.

    He said once they get used to the software, documents would be registered with relevant parameters and delivered in less than 30 minutes. “The registration will be error-free. There is on-line monitoring and document encryption with photograph and thumb impression of the seller, buyer and consentor,” he said.

    IGR sources said citizens should bear with the sub-registrars’ offices till the staff are familiar with the software. “The efforts are channelled towards making agreements secure,” they said.








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  • Pune Municipal Corporation says river beds not encroached

    PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Friday claimed that river beds in city limits were completely free of encroachment.

    "There are no encroachments on the Mula, Mutha and the Ramnadi that flow through city limits. Hence, the question of action against encroachments does not arise," the civic administration said before the general body (GB) meeting.

    The civic administration was responding to Shiv Sena corporator Prithviraj Sutar's query that came up for discussion on the July agenda of the GB meeting. Sutar had sought information on rivers, encroachments and the actions taken by the civic body. The administration made the claims in a written reply.

    As the GB meeting was adjourned on Friday to pay condolences to actor Rajesh Khanna and others who demised this month, the issue was not debated. However, the administration's answer evoked sharp reactions from opposition parties and civic activists.

    BJP city unit chief Vikas Mathkari said, "The PMC's answer is shocking. We all know that rivers in city have been squeezed in by slum encroachments and illegal constructions. The civic administration has just shown its ignorance and apathy towards this serious issue".

    "If the PMC is unaware of encroachments, we are ready to help them identify the encroached parts of the rivers. In fact, in the entire state, Pune has maximum encroachments in rivers. It seems the PMC has shown complete ignorance while answering the question," said Sunil Joshi, convener of Jal Biradari.

    A survey conducted by the district collector and the PMC in 2007 had shown that the width of the Ramnadi had shrunk by eight to 20 metres and that direction of the river had changed drastically because of encroachments.

    Even moderate showers during monsoon see water from Ramnadi gushing into houses nearby. The activists working for the cause of rivers said this was happening because the rampant encroachments on the river bed has drastically reduced the water-carrying capacity of the river.

    Magsaysay award winner Rajendra Singh during his recent visit to the city had said that in Pune, demarcation of land was required to protect the river beds from encroachments.

    "Earlier, rivers were treated like mothers, but now they have become garbage dumps,'' Singh had said, insisting that the civic body should stake harder steps to remove encroachments in river beds.

    Activists have repeatedly alleged that over the last few years, the river beds have seen rampant encroachments in the form of new structures. River beds are also being used as a ground to dump construction debris.






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  • Originally Posted by compuwalah
    Think XBRIA got hold of this survey much earlier.

    what is XBRIA. Can anyone plz explain it
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    what is XBRIA. Can anyone plz explain it




    Just use search function. There is a thread on this.
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  • Over 200 officers keep watch on illegal structures

    Negligent officials face 3-month jail term

    After ignoring them for years, Pune seems to have woken up to the scourge of illegal constructions. Whether it is on the congested PMC areas, the rapidly expanding PCMC turf or the upscale Pradhikaran area, unauthorised structures are on the hit-list of civic officials.

    This is best exemplified by appointment of 123 officers by the PMC, 104 officers by PCMC and 10 officers by PNCTDA about three months ago. The officers will keep a watch on unauthorised structures across the city, issue notices to them and initiate the process of razing them. Such speedy action like this was not heard of in the past in Pune, say civic activists.

    Civic officials said the appointment of desginated officers has worked to good effect. The demolitions, said additional city engineer Vivek Kharadwarkar, happening currently in the city are the result of feedback provided by these officers.

    PMC has 1,200 unauthorised structures on its radar. Of these, 700 have been razed and 500 are facing the hammer. Both PCMC and PNCTDA have a prepared list of 500 structures that will be demolished in the next month or so. Both have already razed 500 structures.

    “PMC was the first civic body to appoint such officers. Because of this move, the intensity of demolitions has gone up and so has the scale of operation,” said Kharwadkar. What is signifciant is negligent officers face serious action themselves. This ranges from penalties to even imprisonment for up to three months. “There is a kind of Domacles’ sword hanging over the heads of the officials assigned to keep a watch on illegal structures,” said PCMC commissioner Dr Shrikar Pardeshi.

    “However, this will happen after we have investigated whether the concerned official has been negligent or not,” Pardeshi said.

    PCNTDA CEO Yogesh Mhase agrees. “The only problem is there could be vindictive action from disgruntled elements. We have to guard against this,” he said.

    PCMC city engineer Mahavir Kamble said after the Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporation Act was amended by the state government about four months ago, now negligent officers too face action. “Section 397 was amended by the government which provides for three months jail term for negligence. The amendedment also fixes responsibility on the officials,” he said.

    PMC deputy municipal commissioner K C Karkar said citizens too can lodge a complaint with the municipal commissioner, additional municipal commissioner or other senior officials. “We also have toll number in place,” he said.

    The PMC, PCMC and PCNTDA have, however, clarified that the action would not be with restrospective effect.








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  • Conversion of Wakad lake: PCMC told to file say in HC on conversion of lake into residential zone

    PUNE: The Bombay high court has told the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to file a say within four weeks on the civic body's proposal to convert the Wakad lake into a residential zone following a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Moti Mudaliar, a resident of Pimpale Nilakh.

    Speaking to TOI, Satish Pawar, additional legal advisor of the civic body, said, "We will submit a comprehensive reply to the high court within the stipulated time." The PIL had come up for hearing on July 13.

    Mudaliar told TOI that the lake should be conserved and not be converted into a residential zone or used for a commercial project. "Debris is being dumped into the lake for the last three to four years. There is evidence that a lake/water body existed on the spot since 1930. The same is mentioned in the 7/12 ownership extract, which says that the lake covers an area of three acres and two gunthas. The lake needs to be preserved from the point of view of environment and groundwater recharging," he added.

    He said he did not know that the civic body had invited suggestions and objections from citizens about the proposed change in the usage of land. Aniket Nikam, who represented Mudaliar, said, "The high court has issued notices to the PCMC and others to submit their say in four weeks."

    The work of filling up the lake in Wakad had started without approval of the civic general body (GB) or the state government. The work stopped in May, after environmental and political organisations raised the issue and opposed the move.

    At present, the water body site (at survey number 211) is almost dry. It is located a few hundred metres before the Kalewadi phata chowk, along the Aundh-Ravet Road, where the PCMC has proposed to construct a bus rapid transit system route corridor. It is located at a prime location in the fast developing area of Wakad, which was earlier with the Pimpri-Chinchwad New Township Development Authority. It was later transferred and brought under the development control of the PCMC. The site has been shown as a "water body" in the development plan.

    A proposal has been tabled before the civic GB to seek approval for the conversion of the lake into a residential zone. The proposal seeks permission to change the zone under the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, 1966. The proposal came up for discussion at the GB meetings on May 20, June 20 and July 20, but was kept pending. It will again come up for approval at the GB meeting to be held on August 3.

    Meanwhile, Manav Kamble, president, Nagari Hakka Suraksha Samiti, said, "The lake at Wakad is very old and located on grazing land at a prime location. Filling up the lake with debris is detrimental to the environment."

    Vikas Patil, president, Paryavaran Samvardhan Samiti, said, "It is the duty of the local self-government body to conserve natural water sources that support biodiversity. We demand that the civic body protect the wells, ponds and lakes within the municipal limits."










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  • 2.5 lakh illegal buildings in district, 120% jump in 15 years

    There has been a 120 per cent increase in illegal constructions in the district post the Regional Plan of 1997, in which 1.13 lakh illegal constructions were listed in the district. At present, the district collectorate estimates around 2.5 lakh illegal constructions in the district with large-scale growth in the fringe areas.

    In the recent Assembly session, it was decided that a three member committee would be formed under the principal secretary revenue, urban development department (UDD) and rural development department to review illegal constructions in Pune, Nashik and Nagpur. Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat said an action plan would be prepared with the help of district collectors.

    State additional chief secretary (UDD) T C Benjamin said, “In Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, illegal structures are mushrooming in the fringe areas. While municipal corporations have dedicated officers to take action against encroachments, such a machinery does not exist for the district collector. The state has intervened and now, action will be taken against all illegal constructions.’’ He said the UDD had already planned steps to regulate constructions under the Development Control Rules within a 10 -km radius of municipal limits. This area would be under the collector or have a separate monitoring authority such as the regional development authorities. However, with this plan not in place, the move to appoint committees would help monitor illegal constructions.

    District collector Vikas Deshmukh said illegal constuction was rampant not only in the district but throughout the state. “The case of Haveli taluka was considered but the action plan will be also prepared for key regions. Men, machinery and the action plan will be prepared as per the state government’s directives,’’ said Deshmukh.

    Pune district administration has already listed 8,853 illegal structures in 13 talukas, with Maval and Haveli topping the list. Of these, 3,634 have been issued notices while offences have been registered in 6,019 cases. Only two have been regularised.

    Sub-divisional officer (Haveli) Avinash Hadgal, who has prepared an action plan for Haveli taluka, said, “We have drawn out a three-pronged approach — identify structures that are occupied, those that can be regularised and those that are impossible to regularise.’’ The plan will be implemented in three months. An action plan will be drawn for Wagholi, Ambegaon, Uttamnagar and other fringe areas where 1,339 illegal structures have been identified, he said.







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  • Originally Posted by MANOJa
    There has been a 120 per cent increase in illegal constructions in the district post the Regional Plan of 1997, in which 1.13 lakh illegal constructions were listed in the district. At present, the district collectorate estimates around 2.5 lakh illegal constructions in the district with large-scale growth in the fringe areas.

    In the recent Assembly session, it was decided that a three member committee would be formed under the principal secretary revenue, urban development department (UDD) and rural development department to review illegal constructions in Pune, Nashik and Nagpur. Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat said an action plan would be prepared with the help of district collectors.

    State additional chief secretary (UDD) T C Benjamin said, “In Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, illegal structures are mushrooming in the fringe areas. While municipal corporations have dedicated officers to take action against encroachments, such a machinery does not exist for the district collector. The state has intervened and now, action will be taken against all illegal constructions.’’ He said the UDD had already planned steps to regulate constructions under the Development Control Rules within a 10 -km radius of municipal limits. This area would be under the collector or have a separate monitoring authority such as the regional development authorities. However, with this plan not in place, the move to appoint committees would help monitor illegal constructions.

    District collector Vikas Deshmukh said illegal constuction was rampant not only in the district but throughout the state. “The case of Haveli taluka was considered but the action plan will be also prepared for key regions. Men, machinery and the action plan will be prepared as per the state government’s directives,’’ said Deshmukh.

    Pune district administration has already listed 8,853 illegal structures in 13 talukas, with Maval and Haveli topping the list. Of these, 3,634 have been issued notices while offences have been registered in 6,019 cases. Only two have been regularised.

    Sub-divisional officer (Haveli) Avinash Hadgal, who has prepared an action plan for Haveli taluka, said, “We have drawn out a three-pronged approach — identify structures that are occupied, those that can be regularised and those that are impossible to regularise.’’ The plan will be implemented in three months. An action plan will be drawn for Wagholi, Ambegaon, Uttamnagar and other fringe areas where 1,339 illegal structures have been identified, he said.







    2.5 lakh illegal buildings in district, 120% jump in 15 years - Indian Express



    Well the income from Stamp Duty and Registration has disappeared and so Govt. Saline supply has stopped .... so Doc( you put the names)
    has told to suck blood from citizens ...

    Pay fine and make it Legal ... or grease the palms ...
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