|May 22 2013, 06:54 AM||#591|
In Pimpri, over 1000 citizens face criminal charges for illegal structures
As many as 1,240 citizens, including builders, face criminal charges, with the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation filing first information report (FIRs) against them for setting up constructions without requisite permission from the civic body. The figure of FIRs filed, civic officials said, is the highest in the three-decade history of the civic body. The civic body's action has caused a consternation and anger among citizens who set up these illegal structures, as they may face jail term ranging from three months to three years if the charges brought against them are proved in the court of law. In addition, the errant citizens will also have to pay a fine that may amount to anything between Rs 10,000 and Rs 50,000. "If the violation continues, citizens will have to pay a fine of Rs 1,000 for each day until they demolish the illegal structure," said Municipal Commisisoner Shrikar Pardeshi.
Civic officials said that until May 7 this year, PCMC had filed 970 FIRs against such violators and between then and May 21, nearly 300 FIRs have been filed.
The civic chief said that there was no provision for withdrawing the FIRs. "The errant citizens will have to face criminal proceedings for doing an illegal act," he said. Pardeshi said before filing the FIRs, they had followed the necessary process. "After carrying out the panchanama of the illegal constructions, notices had been issued to these citizens. They were given a hearing and if they failed to prove their construction is legal, they were told to demolish the structures. If they failed to follow the directives, FIRs were filed," he said.
Rubbishing allegations his administration is unnecessarily targeting citizens, Pardeshi maintained that the citizens have been given due opportunity to prove the legality of the buildings. In cases of as many as 99 cases, PCMC did not file FIRs. "These are citizens who had demolished the structures on their own. So we were not required to file FIRs against them. FIRs are filed only when citizens fail to act positively despite warnings," he said.
So far, PCMC has conducted panchanamas of 2,712 structures, Pardeshi said. "FIRs have been filed against 1,240 citizens till date and in all, we are set to file FIRs against 2,613 citizens," he said. Over 250 illegal structures have so far been demolished.
Ironically, even after illegal structures are demolished, PCMC officials said, FIRs are not withdrawn. This amounts to a double blow to citizens. "First FIRs are filed which means citizens have to face criminal proceedings and then their illegal constructions are razed ," civic officials said. In addition, the civic chief said that the citizens who owns the illegal structures are being made to bear the cost of demolition. "They also have to pay for police security during the demolitions," said Pardeshi. According to the civic officials, these costs are being recovered from property tax.
Lashing out at PCMC's move to make the citizens pay for the demolition and yet face criminal charges even after the buildings have been razed to the ground, MP Gajanan Babaris says, "Once the structures are demolished, PCMC has no right to initiate with criminal proceedings against them. They should be withdrawn immediately. You cannot have two punishments for one wrong deed," he said. Babar said his party, Shiv Sena, will approach PCMC seeking withdrawal of the FIRs.
Drawing attention to the anger and resentment among people due to the action being taken by the civic body, activist Manav Kamble warned, "We hope this kind of civic action will not create any problem in the town."
In Pimpri, over 1000 citizens face criminal charges for illegal structures - Indian Express
My question is why do we like to risk our savings?
There are plenty of legal constructions in our city.
|May 22 2013, 02:09 PM||#592|
Secondly, mass violation of law is the safest way to break the law. We don't have enough prosecutors, judges and jails to try that many people.
|May 22 2013, 02:29 PM||#593|
1. most illegal constructions are those built by common people who bought small pieces of land like 1-2 gunthas at cheap rates 10-15 yrs back, went ahead and constructed.
2. at the time of construction, the land was either not under corporation limits or permission was not taken.... hence it is common find a construction of 3000-4000 sq,ft on a plot of 1-2 gunthas. In fact, there are people who I know hastily constructed as much as possible before the land came under corporations radar.
3. then there are corporators, local goons, small time builders who exploit such land commercially. The returns on commercial property offset the construction cost even if the structure is demolished.
4.until recent years even corporation officials were involved in allowing such costructions to happen.
5. finally, "gunthewari" is a great way to legalize illegal constructions at a meagre cost.
6.it is very calculated risk that people take by constructing illegally. so there is no question of losing lifetime of savings. In fact, you- the white collared people are losing your savings, your sleep, and even your undergarments by buying property that make your builders/politicians/banks rich.
|May 22 2013, 04:52 PM||#594|
Prime defence land rented out to pvt housing society at 25p/sq ft
In a shocking violation of government norms, the Department of Sainik Welfare (DSW) has not only subleased about 2000 sq ft prime defence land to a private cooperative society, it has done so at a throwaway rent of Rs 500, that amounts to about 25 paisa per square foot.
The subleasing is in itself "illegal" given that DSW is a tenant on the land that is categorised as B-3 defence land. This plot is located at Ghorpadi, opposite National War Memorial.
This arrangement that has been in effect since 2010 came to light through the reply to an RTI petition filed by Commander (Retd) Ravindra Pathak and his group of ex-servicemen. It revealed that 'Mahasainik City', short for Mahasainik City Cooperative Housing Society, originally formed to create affordable housing complexes for ex-servicemen (ESM), had failed to proceed with its project due to a 'delay' in acquiring land.
An even more intriguing point was that DSW Director Colonel (Retd) Suhas Jatkar is himself the office-holder of this private housing society.
It may also be noted that permissions from the Defence Estates Office (DEO) as well as the Army/ government authorities required for such subleasing defence land have not been obtained by DSW.
Justifying the formation of Mahasainik City and the housing society on the DSW premises, Jatkar compared it with the Army Welfare Housing Organisation (AWHO), when he said, "Even AWHO offices are located within the Army premises."
However, not to emphasise the point any further, AWHO actually "constructs" affordable housing projects for Army personnel and also functions under the AG branch of the Army, unlike Mahasainik City that has not constructed anything so far and neither functions under the Army. It is a private undertaking, with no intention of building houses. In fact, its role is nothing more than that of a middleman who offers flats to ESM at concessional rates on behalf of upscale private construction firms like Amanora Park and Sai Shanti in Loni Kalbhor.
Jatkar goes on to maintain that around 300 ESM have so far availed the facility, while the names of 30-odd ex-servicemen are in the waiting list. According to him, flats are allotted to ESM on payment of an administrative charge of Rs 48.50 per sq ft. However, Mahasainik City officials refused to provide any information regarding agreements with builders, or their budgets and finances, stating that it outside the purview of the RTI.
Commander (Retd) Ravindra Pathak, who has for some time been dealing with violations pertaining to DSW and addressing his concerns and that of his group to the Chief Minister's Office, said, "We had asked DSW to provide us with a copy of the GR that allows them to rent land to a private society. They do not have any such GR or permission to do so. Mahasainik City may be offering affordable housing to ESM, but they have no grounds to do so on defence land, that too using the name 'Mahasainik', a term reserved for the state government."
When contacted, officials of DEO, Pune Circle, confirmed that DSW is not authorised to sublease the land to a third party. An official also pointed out that DSW has till date been given no sanction for any of the constructions that have been carried out on its campus. "They create unauthorised structures and then approach us for regularisation. We plan to invoke Public Premises (eviction of unauthorised occupants) PP Act against the DSW," a DEO official said.
Prime defence land rented out to pvt housing society at 25p/sq ft - Indian Express
|May 22 2013, 05:50 PM||#595|
If you are caught violating a traffic rule,you try and get away bribing the constable.
You give your two wheelers to people like your servant etc without even asking about driving license,because it suits your convenience at the time-Law be damned.
Same supreme indifference towards other traffic rules-use while driving or go on wrong side without even a twitch that behavior is dangerous,but you see your convenience only .
With this philosophy politicians easily placate you-give some roads,water connection etc and you bend over and give him your vote.
WE have to change our thought process and way we look at life.Life is not about being selfish and thinking myself first always and only self interest.
|May 24 2013, 06:25 AM||#596|
For subway users, a dangerous trek
Pedestrians clearly stand last in the pecking order of road users. The stinking, unclean subway near Sassoon General Hospital chowk, has over the last few days seen people dodge open manholes, a difficult and dangerous task given that half the lights here are not functional. The city administration, however, is yet to act upon these grievances.
The subway was constructed by the civic body to help pedestrians cross the busy Sassoon chowk located near Bundgarden police station. It is used by hundreds of people everyday who are either visiting Sassoon hospital or going to the district collector office, the central building as well as the Zilla Parishad building. It is also used by the people going towards camp area and Maldhakka chowk.
The number of people using it or the presence of government offices around it hasn't really helped in the subway's upkeep. Half the tube lights here are non-functional while lids on drainage manholes and channels have gone missing. Pedestrians complain that the subway has been stinking as walls, walkways and corners have not been cleaned for the last many days.
"I am avoiding using the subway since the last few. I prefer to cross the chowk to reach the district collector's office," said Santosh Ubhe, who frequently visits the district collectorate premises. Ubhe said the subway was neither fit nor safe for pedestrians. "The lights are not functioning and the bulbs have not been replaced. And it also stinks," Ubhe said.
Those working in shops located in the subway say they have no choice but to put up with the stench. S N, who works in one such shop, said that the walls and floors have not been washed since many days. Lids of drainage channels have gone missing. "When people visit the shop, they complain about it," adding that shopkeepers try to maintain cleanliness, but it was difficult for them to keep every corner of the subway clean.
A pedestrian said that it was the administration's responsibility to keep the subway clean. "When there are so many administrative offices located nearby, why are government officials not initiating quick action to fit lids and replace bulbs," she asked.
When contacted, Congress corporator of the area said that maintenance and cleaning contract has been given to a private firm. "I will hold a meeting with the contractor and ensure that the issues are resolved as soon as possible," .
For subway users, a dangerous trek - The Times of India
What can anyone say of our civic sense and responsibility of PMC?
Quite distressing to read of this kind of negligence.
|May 24 2013, 06:39 PM||#597|
This is the reason pune is rated as worst unplanned city in india
i still remember 10 years ago pune had a mild summer climate and today it has gone up to 45 degress all because of deforestation
people are interested in grabbing as much land as they can and build a super mega city by cutting thousands of trees
everybody is mad and crazy for a piece of paper called money
|May 26 2013, 08:12 AM||#598|
'No delay in environ impact assessment of projects'
PUNE: The National Accreditation Board for Education and Training has said that there was no delay in environment impact assessments of projects due to lack of accredited consultants and that the board had the necessary human resources to issue accreditation.
"There are over 150 accredited consultant organisations to conduct environment impact assessment in the country and some more applications are under process," said a statement issued by Vipin Sahni, chief executive officer of the board. A list of all the accredited consultant organisations is available on the websites of the Quality Council of India and the board as well as the ministry of environment and forest, he said.
A group of city-based consultants had alleged last month that shortage of manpower was affecting the accreditation process and in turn delaying the environment impact assessments.
Responding to the allegations, Sahni said that applications which did not fulfil the requirements of the environment impact assessment scheme could not be accepted.
'No delay in environ impact assessment of projects' - The Times of India
|May 26 2013, 08:13 AM||#599|
Citizens' participation must in urbanization process: Arun Maira
PUNE: Member of the Planning Commission of India Arun Maira stressed on the need for citizens' participation in the process of urbanization.
Maira, speaking at the inaugural session of the national workshop on urban sanitation in the city on Saturday, said the government was trying to develop better processes of participatory planning to deal with problems in cities. Localization and lateralization of governance was necessary to find solutions, he said.
"Also, clean water, good sanitation and solid waste management are part of the development programme in urban areas. They have a challenge to provide clean water and good sanitation to people. Plans are required to see how people can live in a dignified manner in less space available," Maira said.
Sanjay Kothari, secretary in the department of administrative reforms and public grievances, mountaineer Santosh Yadav, industrialist Arun Firodia and Sanjay Chahande, director general of Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration, were present.
"Cities need to have competition with each other and even at the ward level. They should also share their experiences," Maira said.
Kothari said that there was a need to develop a sense of cleanliness among citizens. He expressed the need to keep cities and towns clean and provide better toilets for women. He acknowledged hospital waste as a major problem in cities.
Yadav said, "Citizens need to curb the use of plastic. Parents and teachers should educate children on sanitation. A programme is required to sensitize and motivate people to follow cleanliness."
Firodia said that the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture's social arm 'Janwani' took an initiative in association with the Pune Municipal Corporation to create zero-garbage wards. He said that decentralized collection and disposal of garbage was a viable option for the city.
Pune municipal chief Mahesh Pathak presented a status report of the administration's existing plans of solid waste and sewerage treatment and public sanitation programme.
Citizens' participation must in urbanization process: Arun Maira - The Times of India
|May 26 2013, 08:25 AM||#600|
Maval, Mulshi turn fake land deal hotbeds
Maval and Mulshi talukas are known for some fine scenic spots. But marring this tag, they are getting the dubious distinction of being the hotbed of fraudulent land deals.
Fraudulent land transactions have been coming to light at an alarming rate and rising for the past couple of years. Of the 900-odd land-related cases that came up for hearing before the Maval sub-divisional officer (SDO) over the past year, around 50 per cent were fraudulent land deals.
Maval SDO Sanjay Patil stated that almost all cases of fraudulent deals that come before him are of "double sale deeds".
"Sale deeds are signed once a deal is finalized. Of late, many cases are coming to fore of the same land being sold twice (fraudulently) and in some cases thrice," he said.
Sale deeds are inked once a deal between buyer and the seller is finalized. These are then maintained at offices of the sub-registrar. It is expected that once the sale deeds are finalized, the revenue department should be informed to make necessary changes in land records. In the majority of cases, the necessary mutation of land records is not carried out because of lack of proper coordination between offices of the sub-registrar and the revenue department.
"The most crucial document of the sale deed is Form A, supposed to be used by revenue officials to change land titles. However, in many cases, Form A is not submitted to the office of the local talathi and thus mutation entries are not made in the 7/12 land records. Unscrupulous elements make use of this to sell the land again and register another sale deed. When the case comes up for hearing before me, there is little I can do," said Patil.
Another major avenue for land fraud, which is becoming common these days, is sale of plots demarcated by private town planners. "Only layouts prepared by the town planning department of the government of Maharashtra are accepted. These days, many plots prepared by private town planners are available and these are hotbeds of fraudulent activities," he said.
Patil stated that in particular, in layouts prepared by private town planners, the promoter often sells land marked as approach roads, taking advantage of lack of strict government scrutiny. Senior officials say these lands are often purchased by anti-social elements who use muscle power to block the approach to other plots. "When such cases come up for hearing, we can't do anything as private layouts have no standing in the eyes of the law," Patil said.
In the absence of an alternative, the investor is often compelled to sell his land at a loss, which is again sold to a gullible buyer.
Patil and other senior revenue officers strongly advise people to make a complete scrutiny of the legal status of the property before investing.
"Other than the office of the talathi, a proper verification should be done at the office of the sub-registrar to rule out any past transactions," he said. He also stated that people should refrain from buying plots in areas demarcated by private town planners.
Maval, Mulshi turn fake land deal hotbeds - Indian Express
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