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3rd hill city proposed near Pune

After Lavasa and Aamby Valley, a third private hill city is all set to come up in Pune district.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2010 01:59 IST
Yogesh Joshi

After Lavasa and Aamby Valley, a third private hill city is all set to come up in Pune district.

Located in the Mulshi taluka, where Lavasa stands, the new hill city will cover 5,952 acres of land and will be adjacent to the Mulshi dam (owned by the Tata Group), ten km from Aamby Valley, which is in the neighbouring Maval taluka, and about 70 km from Pune city.

The state's urban development department issued a notification for the proposed project on October 21, inviting suggestions, modifications and objections from the public.

HT has a copy of the notification.

Sources from the tehsildar's office said a party from Mumbai has already begun the process of acquiring the land, which covers the villages of Saltur, Majgaon, Barpe, Gutke, Adgaon, Bhambarde and Ekole. The land is known for its bio-diversity.

Any private party that wishes to develop the hill city has to get a no-objection certificate from the forest department as well as the Tata Group as the land falls under the dam's catchment area, the notification states.

Asked if the land had forest cover, Bhausaheb Jadhav, tehsildar of Mulshi taluka said, "There are certain patches of forest cover which come under the forest department."

Asked if any private parties had shown interest in developing the hill city by beginning the process of purchasing land, TC Benjamin, principle secretary of the urban development department, said, "This question is irrelevant. How can I speak about the interests of private parties?"

The proposal for the hill city has been made under the 1996 Regional and Town Planning Act and a special regulation for development of townships at hill stations. Prakash Bhongale, deputy director, town planning, said, "The notification was published in the Gazette on October 28. The maps of the land are available with the town planning department."