Collectorate seeks info on Dehu Road red zone from Defence authorities

HC has asked district administration to carry out demarcation of red zone boundary

Written by Express News Service | Published:May 4, 2012 3:42 am

HC has asked district administration to carry out demarcation of red zone boundary

With the Bombay High Court ordering the Pune district collectorate to initiate demarcation of red zone boundaries around Dehu Road ammunition depot,the collectorate has now sought information from Defence officials before starting the process.

The Defence Ministry had filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court claiming that the red zone area of Dehu Road ammunition depot would not be reduced for security reasons. This came after a petition was moved by Shiv Sena corporator Seema Salve against the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) for carrying out construction activities,including a housing scheme for urban poor,in the red zone,where no development is allowed as per the law.

The demarcation would affect not only the upcoming housing project there but also some MIDC areas.

Salve had alleged that the housing project was in violation of Works of Defence Act and did not have necessary environmental clearance. She had argued that the flats were being constructed within 2,000 yards of the depot,in violation of the law.

Now,the district administration has written to the Defence authorities asking for information regarding the original layout before carrying out a detailed survey.

“There are several details that need to be assessed before we carry out the survey,’’ said a senior district administration official.

“We are also awaiting the state government’s intervention in the matter,” said the official.

Recently,Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar had intervened and asked the PCMC to submit all no-objection certificates of its slum rehabilitation project at sector 22,which falls in the red zone.

A study of properties affected due to the red zone was also sought by the minister during a meeting with local Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders,PCMC officials and Minister of State for Defence,M M Pallam Raju.

The PCMC’s ambitious housing project for the urban poor has run into major trouble with this move.

In their affidavit,the defence authorities have stated that the civic body violated red zone (no-development area) norms around the ammunition depot.

The authorities made it clear before the Bombay High Court that the PCMC had overstepped its limit in going ahead with construction of the 11,760-unit housing project on Sector 22 without obtaining necessary clearance from them.

The central government had sanctioned Rs 225 crore for the housing project under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

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