MIDC eyes Pimpri-Chinchwad slum rehabilitation as fruitful land deal
As many as 13 authorised and five unauthorised slums have occupied around 100 acres in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC)pune Updated: Aug 05, 2017 15:29 IST
In a major policy decision, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), for the first time, has decided to rehabilitate 18 slums on its Pimpri-Chinchwad land with the help of private builders.
Decision is all set to make available few acres of crucial land in industrial township in the open market. The MIDC land is mainly meant for industrial purpose and the move to rehabilitate slum dwellers on its land is unprecedented.
A press note issued by Shiv Sena MLA from Pimpri, Gautam Chabukswar has mentioned that the decision was taken at a high-level meeting in Mumbai on Thursday. Industries minister Subhash Desai, minister of state for finance Deepak Kesarkar and top MIDC officials attended the meet.
Sources, who attended the meeting, told HT that it was decided to follow the guidelines of Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) while implementing the scheme. The proposal has been sent to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for final approval.
Chabukswar said that 13 authorised and five unauthorised slums have occupied around 100 acres in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC). Even as this land is owned by MIDC, it cannot use it because of slums.
According to the formula, which was accepted in principle, private builders would be asked to rehabilitate slum dwellers on 50 per cent of the plot of land. Remaining 50 per cent land would be sold in the open market. The formula, if accepted by the government, would throw open 50 acres of land in PCMC for private builders. The proposed lands are located in areas like Pimpri, Chinchwad, Akurdi and Bhosari, where the price of land is very high.
Sources in MIDC said that they were unable to use the land for original purpose because of slums. “We can neither evict them on humanitarian ground nor use the land,” they said, adding that the decision would help slum dwellers besides generating an opportunity to earn revenue from the land that was otherwise unproductive.
Two earlier meetings held on the issue had failed to come up with a feasible solution. Sources in MIDC said that a similar decision was taken about the MIDC land in Thane district, which is being seen as a pilot project. MIDC is also planning to have separate development control (DC) rules for the scheme in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Currently, all the 18 slums have been provided with basic facilities like water, drainage and roads.
Apart from ministers, the meeting was attended by MIDC regional officer Sanjiv Deshmukh, executive engineer SS Malabade and assistant engineer ND Vinchurkar.
Slums proposed to be rehabilitated
Dattnagar at Akurdi, Ambaedkarnagar at Thermax chowk, Ramnagar at Akurdi, Shantinagar at Bhosari and Dattnagar at Chinchwad station. (unauthorised).
Ajanthanagar at Akurdi, Kalbhornagar at Akurdi, Mahatma Phule Nagar at Mohan Nagar, Annasaheb Magar Nagar at Chinchwad, Mahatma Phule Nagar at Bhosari, Gavalinagar at Bhosari, Balajinagar at Bhosari, Ganeshnagar, Landewadi at Bhosari.