Following the state government’s decision to regularise illegal constructions in Pimpri-Chinchwad, Thane and Digha, BJP MLA Laxman Jagtap, who is also the president of the Pimpri-Chinchwad unit of BJP, said on Saturday that the decision has enhanced the value of thousands of properties which otherwise were slated to be reduced to ashes.
“Thousands of citizens who would have been left homeless and reduced to poverty have got the biggest relief of their life…the worth of their properties which would have become a big zero has been enhanced by a huge margin,” Jagtap stated in a press release.
Appealing to those who may try to stop the regularisation process, Jagtap said that the state government’s decision was in the larger interest of the citizens and the state as well. “Before the Assembly elections, the BJP had promised to protect the homes of the common man. And now in a short time, it has lived up to its promise,” he said.
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Jagtap said that this is not the first people-centric decision of the BJP government. “In recent times, the government has also eased norms relating to receiving no-objection certificates from the district collectorate for construction on farm land. It has also taken steps for regularising constructions set up on ‘gunthewari’ term,” he said.
Jagtap said that the issue was kept unresolved all through these years due to votebanl politics played out by different political parties. “And because of this votebank politics, the issue remain unresolved. I had staked my political career..I resigned as MLA and also from the NCP after the party failed to resolve the issue,” he said.
Jagtap said that the decision to impose fines for regularising illegal structures will benefit civic bodies as well. “The civic bodies can earn huge revenues by imposing fines,” he said.
Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Rajeev Jadhav reiterated on Saturday that the complete picture regarding which structures would be regularised or the kind of violations that would be regularised would become clearer only when a government resolution is received. “The government resolution is expected to reach us by next week after which we will get a complete picture of the decision,” he said.
Meanwhile, the BJP is in a celebratory mood in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Since the state government announced the decision on Friday, the party is celebrating like never before. BJP, which is looking to snatch the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation from NCP in the next year’s civic polls, said that the government’s decision would immensely benefit the party in ensuing polls.
“We are looking to upset the NCP in Pimpri-Chinchwad. This decision of the government will go a long way in helping the party towards that end,” said BJP leader Sarang Kamtekar.