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State govt to keep Pune hills green, allows 8% TDR for land owners in biodiversity park area

The PMC submitted a development plan (DP) for these 23 villages in 2005 to the state government. The state government approved the DP after seven years in 2012. The civic body decided to label all the hills in the 23 villages as ‘no development zone’ and create a biodiversity park (BDP). This included hills in areas such as Baner, Bavdhan, Katraj, Kondhwa, Bibvewadi and Sinhagad road, among others.

pune Updated: Aug 19, 2018 16:51 IST
Abhay Khairnar
Abhay Khairnar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Under this BDP zone, 987 hectares land has been reserved. Of this, 214 hectare land is government owned and the remaining 773 hectare is owned by private parties. (HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

The Maharashtra government has decided to not allow any construction in the 23 merged villages and keep the biodiversity area completely green. The urban development department, headed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Saturday took the decision to give eight per cent transfer of development rights (TDR) to land owners for acquiring land falling under the biodiversity park area.

Twenty-three villages were merged in the Pune municipal corporation limits on September 11, 1997.

The PMC submitted a development plan (DP) for these 23 villages in 2005 to the state government. The state government approved the DP after seven years in 2012. The civic body decided to label all the hills in the 23 villages as ‘no development zone’ and create a biodiversity park (BDP). This included hills in areas such as Baner, Bavdhan, Katraj, Kondhwa, Bibvewadi and Sinhagad road, among others.

Under this BDP zone, 987 hectares land has been reserved. Of this, 214 hectare land is government owned and the remaining 773 hectare is owned by private parties.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had placed the ball in the state government’s court on whether to allow eight per cent construction on the biodiversity park land or just give TDR.

Consequently, the chief minister ordered a committee to be formed under Girish Bapat, the guardian minister for Pune, to review the decision regarding construction on BDP land.

Municipal commissioner Saurabh Rao and city engineer Prashant Waghmare said that the state government had accepted all the recommendations made by the committee headed by Bapat. Bapat, MLAs from the city and PMC office-bearers had proposed to give eight per cent TDR compensation to the land owners.

TDR is a voluntary, incentive- based programme that allows landowners to sell development rights of their land to a developer or other interested party who then can use these rights to increase the density of development at another designated location.

Waghmare said that as per this resolution around 40 hectare TDR would be generated. The land owners would get approximately 3,200 square feet TDR per acre land. Considering the ready reckoner prices, if the land owners demand cash component instead of TDR, PMC will require ₹2,500 crore for acquiring the land.

TIMELINE

-23 villages merged in PMC limits on September 11, 1997

- PMC submits DP for these 23 villages on December 31, 2005, to the state government

-State government approves DP after seven years in 2012 by keeping BDP aside

- BDP’s total area - 987 hectare, of which 773 hectare is owned by private persons

- Encroachment is on almost 200 hectare in the BDP area

- As per PMC’s primary survey, there are around 70,000 homes in the BDP area, which are located in Vadgaon, Varje and Hingane areas

- State government has allowed eight percentage TDR compensation

PMC has called for suggestions to lift BDP on land at Vadgaon Budruk

The municipal corporation issued a notification and has called for suggestions and objections for lifting the BDP reservation from survey number 43, 47, 48 and 49 located at Vadgaon Budruk. PMC claimed that this area has been declared as a ‘Gaothan’ in 1983 by the district collector and by mistake it had become a part of the BDP. There are many houses in this area.

Way for Shiv Shrushti cleared

The state government has given the nod to the PMC to execute the Shiv Shrushti (Chhatrapati Shivaji memorial) project as a special project in the BDP reserved land. It has also allowed four per cent construction on government land in the BDP area for public facilities like water tanks and roads.

First Published: Aug 19, 2018 16:50 IST