Illegal structures in Pune’s green belt catch NGT’s attention
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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 river

pune Updated: Jul 07, 2017 16:20 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
Jui Dharwadkar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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NGT ordered to demolish unauthorised lawns and marriage halls along DP road. (HT Photo)

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 useloudspeakers and burst firecrackers without specific written permissionfrom the competent authority. Marriage hall and lawn owners aremandated to complywith the Noise Rules 2000. It has been directed by theNational Green Tribunal (Western Zone) Bench that marriage halls and lawns should do segregationof their solid waste, treat and dispose the same through composting orbio- methanation within their premises and hand over recyclable materialto the authorised persons or government body,” said Sarode.

“Any kind of unauthorisedhaphazard dumping of solid waste by marriage hall/lawn owners will be now fined with ₹50,000 as environmental costs per incident whichshall 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 systemwithout valid permission from the competent authority was now strictly prohibited. The transport commissioner and police have beendirected by the NGT that they shall immediately confiscate and seize suchunauthorised vehicle mounted with high pitch amplifierand shall notrelease 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.

First Published: Jul 07, 2017 16:19 IST