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1,206 illegal structures can’t be razed for want of manpower and machinery

The last demolition drive in Katraj was in 2011.File The last demolition drive in Katraj was in 2011. File
Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune | Posted: February 26, 2014 4:31 am

Even as the Haveli office of the Pune district administration has prepared a list of 1,206 illegal constructions spread across 10 villages in the 10-km radius beyond the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits, officials are unable to initiate action without any machinery or manpower.

While the state government is yet to clear the action plan against illegal constructions, the district officials — who have prepared the list after a detailed survey in the past three years — have their hands tied with no directions from the state on giving them machinery, such as JCBs, to carry out the drive. They also need manpower, including staff to carry out the drive as well as police protection.

“After many illegal constructions sprung up in fringe areas, our team conducted a survey of buildings that got clearances directly from the gram panchayat rather than the District Collector. We issued notices to around 632 owners. However, our work stops there as we do not have the machinery to pull down these structures,’’ said a senior official from the district administration.

Incidentally, the administration had carried out a drive in 2011 at Katraj, Ambegaon areas and had pulled down 23 illegal structures, which were unoccupied. The administration had used the machinery for which dues to the tune of Rs 7 lakh are awaiting clearance from the state government. “We are yet to get sanction from the state government to clear the dues,’’ said an official.

The administration has identified illegal constructions in Kadamvakvasti, Vadki, Shivne, Narhe, Manjri Budruk, Mangdewadi, Bhilarewadi, Yevalewadi, Ambegaon and Khurd and Wagholi. Post-2011, the administration had identified 1,148 illegal structures and later 58 structures were added to the list, taking the total to 1,206.

There is a proposal to merge some villages in municipal corporation limits. With the state government too readying an action plan for illegal constructions, it is yet to be cleared.

Action against illegal constructions should be carried out by the District Collector for 10 km beyond civic limits and the collectorate has to review a total of 198 villages, which fall in this area. Of this, Haveli taluka has 69 villages, Purandar has 12, Bhor has five, Khed 43, Shirur has two, Mulshi 33 and Maval 34 villages.

In 2011, the collectorate officials had razed 23 structures at Shani Nagar in Ambegaon area of Katraj hills after sending them notices. Nearly 16 JCB machines were deployed to pull down these unoccupied structures and a list of other structures were being surveyed by the administration. According to the notice, they had to pull down the constructions and there was no move from the government to rehabilitate them as per the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code 1966.

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