Updated: February 3, 2021 10:10:26 pm
THE STATE government has approved a PCMC plan to convert area falling into ‘green’ zone or ‘non-residential’ zone into ‘yellow’ or ‘residential’ zone. The move will benefit residents in over 14 suburbs along Pavana, Mula and Indrayani rivers passing through the jurisdiction of Pimpri-Chinchwad.
Officials from the PCMC said this was the second opportunity from the state government to residents for converting their green zone land between the blue line and flood line into yellow zone or residential area.
“The earlier opportunity was given in September 2020. Now, the latest notification issued by the government on January 20 says citizens can convert their green zone land into yellow by paying premium by March 8,” civic officials said.
Civic officials also said the land outside blue line, which was a non-residential zone, could be converted into a residential zone. “The flood lines were drawn by the irrigation department in 2009. As a result, thousands of acres turned into green zone or non-residential zone where construction of any kind was prohibited. Now the government has converted areas outside the blue line into yellow zone where residents can get their constructions legalised by paying five per cent premium or can construct legal structures,” Rajendra Pawar, deputy director of town planning, told The Indian Express, on Wednesday.
The move will benefit residents in 14 surburbs, including Poonawale, Charholi, Duddolgaon, Moshi, Chikhali, Talwade and Kiwale. “Basically, the move will benefit residents living along the three rivers,” Pawar said.
Corporator Seema Savale, former chairperson of the PCMC standing committee, said, “After the flood line was drawn by the irrigation department, the construction between blue line and red line was barred. The area between the blue line and red line is called green zone, where no construction is allowed. This zone will now be converted into yellow zone, meaning construction will be allowed.”
Civic officials further said the move was in the interest of 4 lakh sq m of land in these 14 suburbs. “The PCMC had first sent the proposal during the tenure of the then municipal commissioner Rajiv Jadhav. The civic general body meeting had passed a resolution to the effect,” officials said.
“Since there was demand from people after the first deadline ended in September, the PCMC had again sent the proposal to the government,” officials added.
Pawar said residents who wished to convert their land into yellow zone should pay the premium by March 8. “We are charging premium because the civic body has to provide basic amenities and infrastructure in these areas,” said.
Savale said some constructions had come up in green zone, which were termed illegal. “These residents can now get their structures legalised,” she said. Officials, however, said they were unsure about the number of constructions in the green zone.
Savale also said, “Blue line means where floods are expected once in 25 years and red line means where floods are expected once in 100 years. The area between the blue line and red line is called green zone. The marking of blue line from the river boundary depends on the topography of the area. In some suburbs, blue line is marked up to 30 metres from the river while in others it could be 100 or 300 metres,” she said.
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