1,500 hectares under DAD Red Zone

Talawade,Chikhali,Mamurdi,Kiwale,Dehu areas hit; no word on over 8,000 new constructions.

Written by Partha Sarathi Biswas | Published:May 14, 2013 1:49 am

Talawade,Chikhali,Mamurdi,Kiwale,Dehu areas hit; no word on over 8,000 new constructions.

Post a survey by the district collectorate,around 1,500 hectares of land spread across Talawade,Chikhali,Mamurdi,Kiwale and Dehu have been identified as areas under the Red Zone of the Dehu Armament Depot (DAD).

Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO),Haveli,Avinash Hathgal said the revenue department had already started mentioning “Red Zone — no development zone” in the records of right of the 7/12 land extracts of the designated land in the area.

The issue of Red Zone in and around DAD came up following a writ petition filed in the Bombay High Court by a private company. The Ministry of Defence had issued a gazette notification in 2003 demarcating 2,000 yards of land around DAD as Red Zone. The gazette had mentioned survey numbers in Talawade,Chikali,Mamurdi,Kiwale,Kinai,Nigdi Pradhikaran,Dehu village and Dehu Cantonment as those coming under the Red Zone. According to the Works of Defence Act,1903,no construction activity is allowed on land designated as Red Zone.

The High Court,while hearing the writ petition,had ordered a re-survey of the land by the district collectorate. It had also asked the collectorate to submit the results of the survey before it. The survey was conducted by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation,which has a town planning department technically equipped to conduct such work.

Hathgal said though such land could be sold and bought,these couldn’t be developed.

With the IT park functioning and other developmental activities happening in the area,this decision would surely hamper the growth of the area.

Another issue that still remains to be solved is the fate of more than 8,000 constructions that have come up in the areas now demarcated as Red Zone. The initial survey done by the office of the district collectorate had identified 5,136 properties in Talawde,2,278 properties in Chikhali,105 in MIDC and 971 in various sectors of Pradhikaran as coming under the Red Zone. The authorities are yet to take a final decision on these properties.

Bid to get Chakan in PCMC limits

State seeks feasibility study,MLA opposes move

The state government has asked district collector Vikas Deshmukh to prepare a feasibility study for the inclusion of Chakan within the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) limits. After a meeting chaired by state Chief Secretary,the collectorate has been asked to check for socio- economical feasibility of the proposal.

The issue of inclusion of Chakan into PCMC limits is on since last few years. The district collector had earlier sent a proposal for formation of a new municipal council encompassing the areas of Chakan and Rajgurunagar. The initial notification was issued by the state government last year and suggestions and objections were invited from the people.

Before the final notification for the formation of the municipal council,the state government raised two points and asked for clarification. As the election for the Rajgurunagar gram panchyat concluded recently,the state government asked the collector to seeks views about the formation of the municipal council. “As Chakan is geographically closer to PCMC,the state government asked us to conduct a study to see if it is feasible to include the town within the PCMC limits,” Deshmukh said.

Located on the Pune-Nashik Road,Chakan is situated 23 km from Pimpri and 10 km from Moshi,which is the boundary of PCMC. Villages like Chimbli and Kuruli are situated between Moshi and Chakan,residents of which have opposed merger with PCMC. Also,due to the growth of the industrial areas,population in Chakan has increased manifold.

Local NCP MLA Dilip Mohite Patil,while talking to Newsline,said he will oppose any move to merge Chakan with PCMC. “The proposal to form a new municipal council was at its first stage,when the chief minister stepped in and tried to merge Chakan with PCMC. The chief minister’s move was unrealistic. He also did not take the local elected representatives into confidence,” he said.

Patil said the move will fill the coffers of the civic body but would spell doom for the farmers. “The farmers would lose their land and will not be able to continue with agriculture. The proposal is unrealistic and shall be opposed,” he said.

Maruti Bhapkar of Aam Aadmi Party said it should be first checked if the farmers will be provided with proper civic amenities before conducting a feasibility study. “The farmers should not end up being the loser in the whole process,” he said.

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