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Basement misuse,free parking space: Will Sharma admn act?

This refers to your reports about misuse of basements and free parking as per a Bombay High Court order. To expect the Asheesh Sharma administration to follow the norms will be asking for too much.

* This refers to your reports about misuse of basements and free parking as per a Bombay High Court order. To expect the Asheesh Sharma administration to follow the norms will be asking for too much. I don’t think the PCMC has ever been serious about laid-down norms. That precisely is the reason why illegal constructions are mushrooming in Pimpri-Chinchwad and there is blatant violation of parking norms. Across Pimpri-Chinchwad,you will find residential and commercial complexes with basements where shops have been constructed and sold to unsuspecting buyers. This is nothing but taking citizens for a ride.

The builders and the PCMC officials are fully aware of the rules and regulations,but the citizens have little knowledge about the building rules.

On its part,the PCMC as a social responsibility never creates awareness about the building rules. If it does this,the temerity of the builders in selling basements will come to an end.

The use of basements for shops and no parking purpose will come to an end only if the Sharma administration acts,firmly. If Asheesh Sharma takes a positive step now,it will save our future generation from vehicular chaos and confusion,which is growing by the day in Pimpri-Chinchwad.

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Shridhar Chalkha

Nigdi

* THE PCMC general body has yet again adjourned the motion on the issue of illegal construction by a brute majority by NCP corportors. (Pune Newsline report,June 6) One of the arguments made in favour of the adjournment is that the illegal constructions are likely to be ratified by compounding and charging a fine. If compounding is to be a tool to regularise any offence or crime,the law does not stand its force. Recently,the Supreme Court has held that even when the bribe is retuned it does not give a favorable argument against the committing of the crime; the violator does not escape punishment since the offence has already committed. Certain economic offences could be compounded not violation of law relating to construction and so on. Viewed in this light of the above decisions,the act of regularising the illegal construction by compounding the offence is an unlawful act. The country is leading to a situation that when a crime is committed by an ‘organised gang,’ it gets legalised under the garb of law because all those in power protect it by passing a law in favour. The action of these corpotators supposed to be the guardians of the city,speaks of nothing but an act of organised violation of law.

A R Sathyan

Pradhikaran

First published on: 11-06-2009 at 03:49:52 am
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