2.5 lakh illegal buildings in district,120% jump in 15 years

There has been a 120 per cent increase in illegal constructions in the district post the Regional Plan of 1997,in which 1.13 lakh illegal constructions were listed in the district.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Published: July 27, 2012 3:48:23 am

There has been a 120 per cent increase in illegal constructions in the district post the Regional Plan of 1997,in which 1.13 lakh illegal constructions were listed in the district. At present,the district collectorate estimates around 2.5 lakh illegal constructions in the district with large-scale growth in the fringe areas.

In the recent Assembly session,it was decided that a three member committee would be formed under the principal secretary revenue,urban development department (UDD) and rural development department to review illegal constructions in Pune,Nashik and Nagpur. Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat said an action plan would be prepared with the help of district collectors.

State additional chief secretary (UDD) T C Benjamin said,“In Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad,illegal structures are mushrooming in the fringe areas. While municipal corporations have dedicated officers to take action against encroachments,such a machinery does not exist for the district collector. The state has intervened and now,action will be taken against all illegal constructions.’’ He said the UDD had already planned steps to regulate constructions under the Development Control Rules within a 10 -km radius of municipal limits. This area would be under the collector or have a separate monitoring authority such as the regional development authorities. However,with this plan not in place,the move to appoint committees would help monitor illegal constructions.

District collector Vikas Deshmukh said illegal constuction was rampant not only in the district but throughout the state. “The case of Haveli taluka was considered but the action plan will be also prepared for key regions. Men,machinery and the action plan will be prepared as per the state government’s directives,’’ said Deshmukh.

Pune district administration has already listed 8,853 illegal structures in 13 talukas,with Maval and Haveli topping the list. Of these,3,634 have been issued notices while offences have been registered in 6,019 cases. Only two have been regularised.

Sub-divisional officer (Haveli) Avinash Hadgal,who has prepared an action plan for Haveli taluka,said,“We have drawn out a three-pronged approach — identify structures that are occupied,those that can be regularised and those that are impossible to regularise.’’ The plan will be implemented in three months. An action plan will be drawn for Wagholi,Ambegaon,Uttamnagar and other fringe areas where 1,339 illegal structures have been identified,he said.

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