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Defence will have to bear Rs 43-lakh expenses for boundaries: Collectorate

The Pune district administration report to the defence authority regarding demarcation of the red zone or the no-development area around Dehu Road ammunition depot states that defence authorities will have to bear the estimated expenses of Rs 7 crore for the entire demarcation process,including Rs 43 lakh for the construction of the boundary.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Published: September 8, 2012 1:26:11 am

The Pune district administration report to the defence authority regarding demarcation of the red zone or the no-development area around Dehu Road ammunition depot states that defence authorities will have to bear the estimated expenses of Rs 7 crore for the entire demarcation process,including Rs 43 lakh for the construction of the boundary. The administration has also submitted the maps related to the demarcation of the area.

The collector has also written to the government for extra man power required to carry out the drive. “After certification,the maps will be checked by the superintendent of land records for demarcation of boundaries. The budget for the same will have to be given by the defence authorities,’’ said resident deputy collector Anil Pawar.

District officials handed over the images to defence officials for their suggestions after conducting the recce of the area and fusing the maps through satellite. “We will have to demarcate the area with the help of these maps and defence officials will assess the same. We are waiting for their suggestion,” said Pawar.

With the Bombay High Court ordering the Pune district collectorate to initiate demarcation of red zone boundaries around Dehu Road ammunition depot,the Defence Ministry had filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court claiming that the red zone area of Dehu Road ammunition depot would not be reduced for security reasons.

This came after a petition was moved by Shiv Sena corporator Seema Salve against the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) for carrying out construction activities,including a housing scheme for urban poor,in the red zone where no development is allowed as per the law.

The demarcation would affect not only the upcoming housing project but also some MIDC areas. Salve had alleged that the housing project was in violation of Works of Defence Act and did not have necessary environmental clearance.

The district administration had written to the Defence authorities seeking information on the original layout before carrying out a detailed survey,but the details were not provided,an official said.

The PCMC’s ambitious housing project for the urban poor has run into trouble with this move. The Centre had sanctioned Rs 225 crore for the housing project under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

The Defence authorities made it clear before the Bombay High Court that the PCMC had overstepped its limits in going ahead with construction of the 11,760-unit housing project at Sector 22 without obtaining necessary clearance from them.

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