District prepares time-bound plan for illegal religious structures

Of the 1,231 structures, 920 structures would have to be regularised, 301 demolished and 10 shifted.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: December 2, 2015 12:18:21 am

The Pune district administration has prepared a time-bound programme to either regularise, demolish or shift 1,231 illegal religious structures that have been constructed before 2009, as specified in a government resolution (GR) issued in October.

Of the 1,231 structures, 920 structures would have to be regularised, 301 demolished and 10 shifted. The administration has readied the list of structures, which mostly come under rural areas, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Development Authority (PCNTDA).

Pune district collector Saurabh Rao said on Tuesday that the GR specifies two categories of structures, i.e. prior to and post 2009. The administration has readied the structures according to these categories. There are 15 structures that have to be demolished which have been constructed post 2009 in the district.
“Since this is a massive work, more time has been given for these structures. We have had meetings on the same, and from the coming week, the sub-divisional officers have been asked to publish the list first in local newspapers and then await suggestions and objections to the same. A timeframe has been set for the final hearing as well for these structures in February, and by April it should be done,’’ said a district official.

The district administration has stated that of these illegal structures, 138 come under PCMC and 128 under PCNTDA. Earlier, The Indian Express had reported that 15 unauthorised religious structures would be demolished in the district before March 2016 and now with the new GR, the time frame has been extended.
These structures, which had come up after 2009, feature on the list that had been submitted to the Bombay High Court, which had rapped the state government for not implementing the GR dated May 5, 2011. The GR had classified illegal religious structures, which came up after 2009, into categories A and B.
While category A stood for those old and famous religious structures that do not interfere with the city’s Development Plan (DP), category B stood for those that did interfere with the DP. Some of these could be regularised with the permission of the authorities concerned.

The GR states that the municipal commissioner would be responsible for action within the corporation area while the district collector will be responsible for taking action elsewhere in the district.

Pune revenue officials said that they had readied the list of structures mainly belonging to Shirur and PCNTDA which were constructed after 2009. The list mentions two structures from Shirur Nagar Parishad and 13 from PCNTDA.

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