NOC from defence authorities stalls 41 Pune civic body projects
As many as 41 projects of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have been delayed in the last two years as the defence department has enforced stringent rules to obtain no objection certificates (NOC) for height clearance, according to civic officials.
Prashant Waghmare, city engineer, said, “It is true that along with private developers, PMC is also facing problems to get no objection certificate for height clearance from the defence department.”
“After the circular was issued in 2018 the construction activity has slowed down in the red zone. The circular has been issued is in the national interest so we are conducting meetings with the defence authorities and trying to find solutions so that civic projects get clearance, ” said Waghmare.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Stadium in Warje; a public toilet at Kharadi near the Eon IT Park; a sports complex and study room at Vadgaon; a school building at Karvengar survey no 11; a yoga centre at Ambegaon; and a fire station at Kothrud are few of the projects undertaken by the civic body which have been affected.
The Air Force issued a notification in April 2018 and made it mandatory to take a no-objection certificate for height clearance for the areas which are falling in the red zone as per colour coded zoning map.
The notification, issued by the Indian Air Force, stated, “The colour-coded zoning map is strictly for possession of local municipal authority and municipal commissioner, Pune and NDA Khadakwasla is to be used for the purpose of determining the requirement of seeking NOC for ‘height clearance’ from the Indian Air Force for regulating heights of buildings/structures around National Defence Academy (NDA) and Air Force Station, Pune under the provision of the Gazette of India.”
As per the defence department’s notification, high-rise buildings will not be allowed in Aundh, Baner, Karvenagar, Kothrud, Koregaon Park, Warje, Kalyaninagar, Kharadi, Dhanori, Vimannagar, Lohegaon, Dhayari and Ahmednagar road areas.
PMC has planned various projects which are mostly one or two floors in height. For example, the PMC had proposed the work of public toilets, swimming pools in these areas where construction have been restricted, but as the NOC is not getting in time, all such projects are getting delayed admitted the administration.