city anchor: Land for 10 sports grounds opened up in Pimpri-Chinchwad

The Pimpri-Chinchwad New Township Development Authority has cleared nearly 8.5 hectares for development of sports grounds,a project which was earlier stuck in various stages.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Published:June 8, 2012 2:04 am

The Pimpri-Chinchwad New Township Development Authority (PCNTDA) has cleared nearly 8.5 hectares for development of sports grounds,a project which was earlier stuck in various stages. The open spaces will be developed by PCNTDA and handed over to Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).

The PCNTDA,which has 22,000 hectares under it,has been carrying out drives to clear out the encroachments to open up space for various projects. The PCNTDA recently announced that after housing schemes in certain sectors,the focus will be on open spaces in each of the 42 sectors.

Yogesh Mhase,chief executive officer,PCNTDA,said these spaces will be used for various sports activities. “We were able to clear these open spaces to be used as sport grounds. The PCNTDA will also be developing gardens,public toilets,houses for senior citizens and shelter homes,’’ he said.

The sport grounds will be developed in sectors 29,34,39,26,3,10,19 and 32. “The 8.5 hectares of cleared land will make way for 10 sports grounds. We are looking for more,’’ Mhase added.

For the PCNTDA,the priority has been housing schemes with gardens,playgrounds,day care centres,toilets and other facility centres in sectors 30 and 31 in Chinchwad as well as a Pradhikaran Bazaar,hawkers’ zone and commercial building in sector 24.

During a committee meeting,it was decided that architects and consultants would be appointed for these projects and work would start in October-November.

The PCNTDA decided that the minimum rate for residential plots would be Rs 3,660 per sq m and maximum Rs 6,120 per sq m. The minimum rate for plots at central facility centres was fixed at Rs 6,230 per sq m,while the was Rs 14,490 per sq m.

The total transfer fee for residential plots less than 50 sq m would be Rs 10,070. For plots larger than 50 sq m,it would be Rs 20,140. The transfer fees for the commercial plots will be double the amounts for residential plots.

Officials from the PCNTDA said pending proposals being cleared and the anti-encroachment have helped.

The authority has been removing unauthorised buildings that have come up since December 2011 as well as old unauthorised nets higherst revenue structures on PCNTDA land.

The state government had lauded the PCNTDA for its anti-encroachment drive. The PCNTDA had listed 16,600 unauthorised buildings,of which 3,500 were built on its reserved lands. Demolition of 450 structures was in various stages.

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