Falling short of manpower and machinery required to pull down illegal structures, the Pune district administration has now decided to approach the Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) to help it pull down illegal constructions in the Mundhwa area,as per the High Court orders.
Following High Court orders, the Pune district administration had issued notices to 54 flat owners inin Mundwa, for pulling down the fifth, sixth and seventh floors by June 18. The builder had appealed against the order, and the case, which was to be heard Wednesday in the High Court, has been postponed for hearing on Thursday, according to developer K L Shinde.
Sub Divisional Officer Sonappa Yamgar said that the administration did not have the machinery required to pull down the illegal structures, and since the area fell in the PMRDA region, sought the help of the PMRDA officials. “We had a preliminary meeting with them and we would be having another to discuss on pulling down this structure,” said Yamgar.
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Yamgar said it would be difficult to pull down the top floors, without disturbing the whole building, and they would be needing technical expertise for the same. He said that the district administration had conducted a detailed survey of the area and found at least 2,600 illegal structures. The detailed report would be handed over to the PMRDA so that it could initiate necessary action, he added.
Annasaheb Chavan, PMRDA officer on special duty, dealing with illegal constructions, when contacted, said that PMRDA would be willing to help, and once the administration handed over the data of illegal structures, it would initiate necessary action in the area.
District administration officials said that the HC had ordered the pulling down of the illegal structures in January. However, the builder had sought more time and the court had given them four months which lapsed on May 27. The builder again sought time and the deadline was extended for another 15 days, The court finally ordered the pulling down of the structure before June 18.
Meanwhile, builder KL Shinde said that he would make alternate arrangements for the residents if the court refused to give a stay order on Thursday.