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70% of illegal structures in Pimpri to be regularised in a month: Laxman Jagtap

Jagtap said that the process of resolving the illegal construction issue had been a long and ardous battle for him.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: April 5, 2015 11:22:18 am
 illegal structures, Pune illegal structures, illegal building, illegal housing,  illegal constructions, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Devendra Fadnavis,  Laxman Jagtap, Pune news MLA Laxman Jagtap and MLA Mahesh Landge honoured parents who have a single girl child under the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme of the Centre. Meritorious students were also felicitated on the occasion. (Source: IE photo by Rajesh Stephen)

BJP MLA Laxman Jagtap on Friday said the state government will ‘once and for all’ settle the raging issue of the regularisation of illegal constructions in Pimpri-Chinchwad within one month.

“Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself made the statement in the state Assembly two days ago. Nearly 70 per cent of illegal constructions will be regularised in the industrial town,” Jagtap said. His comments were greeted by thunderous applause.

Jagtap was speaking at a function organised by the Shri D M More Foundation and the Citizens Forum, Kasarwadi, to felicitate local residents with the “Outstanding Kasarwadian” award. He pointed out that since the chief minister himself had recently made the statement about the regularisation of illegal constructions, he was confident the issue would be resolved now.

Jagtap said that the process of resolving the illegal construction issue had been a long and ardous battle for him.

“I had to stake my membership of the legislative Assembly, switch parties and suffer reversals in political life, but I never gave up. I was confident that I would be able to alleviate the misery of thousands of residents of Pimpri-Chinchwad,” he said.

Bhosari MLA Mahesh Landge, who was also felicitated during the function for taking up the issue, said, “I had declared that I would not allow a single illegal construction to be demolished in Bhosari constituency. I had met the chief minister and conveyed my resolve to fight for the residents. I am happy that the state government has finally taken the issue of illegal constructions in Pimpri-Chinchwad seriously.”

On the occasion, MLAs Jagtap and Landge and senior journalist Govind Gholve felicitated those parents who had a single girl child.

In his address, Gholve said PCMC officials should hence forth ensure that no illegal construction takes place in the town. “There is need for PCMC to effectively implement the law of the land,” he said.

Among the parents felicitated were the families of Prakash Katore, Sujit Deshmukh, Ravindra Asadhe, Hemant Barve, Dilip Chavan and Razia Pathan. All these families were felicitated under the Prime Minister’s “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign, the organisers said.

Meritorious SSC students Pratiksha Landge, Shruti Wayal and Mansi Jaunjal were also felicitated. The organisers have decided to make them ‘brand ambassadors’ and help them prepare for the MPSC and IAS exam.

Deepali Borhade, who has cleared the Maharashtra Public Service Commission exam thrice in the past few years, was also felicitiated. She is the only woman among the one lakh residents of Kasarwadi to have accomplished the feat, the organisers said. Borhade vowed to help all girls of Kasarwadi succeed in MPSC and UPSC examinations.

Several local residents were also present at the function.

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