In a major relief to Pune residents who have booked flats in Baner-Balewadi, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday vacated its earlier order prohibiting the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) from issuing commencement and occupancy certificates to new constructions in the area. The civic body had denied certificates to the buildings in accordance with the earlier order of the High Court, over the inadequate water supply to these residential properties. On Wednesday, the court heard a petition filed by local resident and BJP corporator Amol Balwadkar, who pointed out that the PMC had failed to provide water to new properties in Baner-Balewadi, but had allowed new constructions in the area. The division bench of the High Court, comprising Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice N M Inamdar, then vacated the stay on issuing commencement and occupancy certificates to new constructions.
To address water woes of the area, the court appointed a committee led by the divisional commissioner. The committee will also include the municipal commissioner and a representative of the state Urban Development Department, said the court. The committee is going to meet once in two months to work on ways to resolve the water issues of Baner-Balewadi.
The PMC had come under sharp criticism over its failure to provide adequate water to buildings in Baner-Balewadi which, along with Aundh, is being developed as a Smart City, under the Smart City mission.
The PMC had claimed that it was taking all possible measures to resolve the water issue in Baner-Balewadi area, but also pointed out that there had been massive construction activities in the last few years and it had never anticipated such a rapid pace of development. The lawyer representing the PMC said the civic body was constructing overhead water tanks to ensure round-the-clock water supply to the entire city, including Baner-Balewadi area.