After the Bombay High Court directed the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to pull down high-rise structures which have come up in violation of the government rule restricting construction within 1,000 yards of the Lohegaon Air Force station, Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar has decided to hold a meeting of local corporators this week to apprise them about the court order and discuss its implementation with the concerned civic departments.
A meeting of civic officers of the building permission department, anti-encroachment department and legal department has been convened to study the court order and plan the civic action accordingly.
“The issue relates to residential properties and corporators’ help will be required for implementation of the court order. The corporators will be taken into confidence before the start of action against the structures identified violating the government rule as per the directions of the court,” said a civic officer.
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PMC senior legal advisor Ravindra Thorat said he has been asked to attend the meeting to discuss the court order. “I am not aware exactly what will be discussed,” he said.
“There has been no decision so far on challenging the high court order in the Supreme Court,” Thorat said, adding that all aspects of the government order and its impact will be studied.
On June 8, a division bench of justices Abhay Oka and Anil Menon directed the PMC and designated officers of the air force station to identify such structures and take steps to pull them down after issuing notices.
“The breach of the notifications issued under the said Act of 1903 (Works of Defence Act) pose a danger to national security. The breach of the notification issued under the said Act of 1934 in relation to the Aerodrome at Pune amounts to causing danger to the security of the members of public. Such illegalities which compromise the security of the defence installations cannot be tolerated. Therefore, all the concerned authorities are under a legal obligation to remove offending structures and constructions,” observed the court, while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) by two residents — Manjinderjet Singh and Ram Thorat — seeking the demolition of multi-storied buildings around the air force station.
The PIL alleged that the PMC has allowed the construction of multistoried building in violation of the notifications.The Air Force gives coverage to and protects the oil rigs off the coast of Gujarat and Mumbai, the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay at Mumbai, the ammunition factory at Khadki, the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasala and various other important establishments in the region.
The notification of October 1, 1975, by the Central government restricted the use of land within 1,000 yards from the crest of the outer parapet of the bomb dump of the Air Force station.