With the state government deciding to regularise over 5 lakh unauthorised constructions across urban belts in the state, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration on Tuesday said about 9,000 structures in the city would benefit from the government’s decision.
In a meeting convened to understand the government notification for regularising illegal structures, PMC city engineer Prashant Waghmare said the decision would be applicable to structures that have come up before December 31, 2015. “There are about 9,000 structures that could benefit from the decision, but only based on certain conditions,” he said.
Waghmare said the PMC was going to upgrade the software in two months and seek applications from residents who wanted to avail the benefit of the decision. “The state government has not decided to regularise all the illegal structures, but only those that adhere to the prescribed rules and pay the compounding fee for the purpose,” he said.
As per the state’s decision, there are different norms for different areas, based on the width of the civic road. “The height of the building and the allowed Floor Space Index (FSI) for these buildings would be based on the norms, as per the road width. Also, buildings in gaothan… would have different norms,” said Waghmare.
The PMC will collect the compounding fees in a special bank account, as per the state government’s directions, said Waghmare, adding that property owners should come forward and take advantage of the government’s decision, which can be availed for the next six months.
“We will make a public announcement, seeking applications for regularising illegal buildings, as per the government’s decision,” he added.
The civic administration would scrutinise each of the applications and conduct a site visit to ascertain whether the building was eligible to be regularised. Then, the officer concerned would calculate the compounding fee, which would be recovered from the applicant before making the building legal. The state government’s decision would not be applicable for buildings on land reserved for forest, biodiversity park or any other civic purpose.