Pune city grows, so does the civic body’s woes with illegal structures
Of 16,938 illegal structures, 5,000 are from newly-merged villages.Updated: Jul 23, 2018 14:57 IST
Hindustan Times, Pune
Eight persons, including four minors, were injured after walls of a two-storey building collapsed in Mundhwa on Saturday. The incident has, one again, brought to light the issue of illegal constructions and the civic body’s inability to keep a check on the same following the merger of 11 villages into the Pune municipal corporation (PMC) limits.
According to figures released by the Pune metropolitan region development authority (PMRDA), there are around 5,000 illegal structures in the 11 villages that recently became a part of the PMC. The PMRDA too has initiated the process of acting against illegal constructions by serving notices to 10,938 structures that fall under its jurisdiction. According to officials, PMRDA has a total of 16,938 illegal constructions, out of which, 5,000 are from the 11 newly merged villages in Pune civic body.
The civic authorities acknowledged that they have been facing a lot of problems while acting against the illegal constructions in the city.
Yuvraj Deshmukh, executive engineer in the PMC, said, “We have served over thousand notices in the city for illegal constructions. However, further actions on this becomes very difficult for us as demolition of these buildings requires evacuation of people which is the toughest task for us.”
According to Deshmukh, the illegal constructions in the newly merged villages within the PMC limits are an even bigger problem for the civic authorities.
He said, “Many of the constructions in the newly merged villages within the PMC limits are completely illegal. Neither are they constructed considering the safety norms nor do they have any permission. Many of these were constructed on privately owned land. As the gram panchayats have failed to keep a watch on these illegal constructions, now it will be very difficult for us to regularise or demolish these structures.”
Speaking about the illegal constructions under PMRDA, Milind Pathak, deputy collector, said, “In the first phase of the survey, we have sent notices to 1,900 illegal constructions which fall under our jurisdiction. Out of this, we have given orders for demolition of 120 buildings which were illegal.”
He further added, “Almost 80 per cent of the work of the buildings to be demolished was completed. However, the construction work was done either with wrong permissions or no permissions at all in some of the cases. It is mandatory to have permissions from the PMRDA or from the collector’s office. However, for failing to do so, we have to demolish these buildings.”
We have requested help from the police department at the respective areas and we aim to complete this process in the next two months, added Pathak.
At a review meeting which took place a couple of months earlier, guardian minister Girish Bapat had instructed PMC to take actions against all the illegal constructions under its jurisdiction along with the 11 recently merged villages. While the PMRDA was asked to act against all the illegal instructions under its jurisdiction.
First Published: Jul 23, 2018 14:37 IST