Illegal structures in Pune’s green belt catch NGT’s attention
Earlier NGT had issued directives on road construction between Vitthalwadi and Warje bypass which was along the Mutha riverpune Updated: Jul 07, 2017 16:20 IST
National Green Tribunal's (NGT) recent order to demolish illegal structures encroaching the blue line of Mutha river has once again highlighted the issue of rampant illegal structures thriving in the green belts of the city.
Earlier NGT had also issued directives on the road construction between Vitthalwadi and Warje bypass which was along the Mutha river. It ordered the corporation to remove dumped debris from the river bed and shift the embankments from the blue line.
Even as residents of DP road were happy with the recent NGT order, many questioned as to why common man had to fight such problems for so long when systems like the corporation, police and others are were already in place.
Speaking about the recent order by NGT to demolish unauthorised lawns and marriage halls on DP road advocate Asim Sarode, representing the petitioner said, "The main issue raised by the residents of DP road two years ago was that of noise pollution. However, demolition was ordered because this is a green belt and dumping was seen at many places between the blue lines of the river."
Sarode stated that the recent order gives clear responsibilities to various departments to ensure that issues of illegal structures and noise pollution in all identified green zones were addressed.
“Open marriage halls and lawns will not be allowed to use loudspeakers and burst firecrackers without specific written permission from the competent authority. Marriage hall and lawn owners are mandated to comply with the Noise Rules 2000. It has been directed by the National Green Tribunal (Western Zone) Bench that marriage halls and lawns should do segregation of their solid waste, treat and dispose the same through composting or bio- methanation within their premises and hand over recyclable material to the authorised persons or government body,” said Sarode.
“Any kind of unauthorised haphazard dumping of solid waste by marriage hall/lawn owners will be now fined with ₹50,000 as environmental costs per incident which shall be recovered by respective urban local bodies,” Sarode added.
He informed that the state government, state transport department and corporations have been asked to start a WhatsApp number and an email id where residents can register their complaints related noise pollution or illegal construction on river beds.
He further stated that use of vehicle mounted with high decibel sound amplifier system without valid permission from the competent authority was now strictly prohibited. The transport commissioner and police have been directed by the NGT that they shall immediately confiscate and seize such unauthorised vehicle mounted with high pitch amplifier and shall not release the vehicle without express permission from the tribunal.
Meanwhile, activist Sarang Yadwadkar has alleged that the flood lines on the recently published development plans do not match those identified by the irrigation department. Yadwadkar has claimed that the flood lines in the present development plan have been shrunk to accommodate vested interests and allow construction. He said that a petition has been filed with the NGT in this matter.