Redevelopment of old Wadas: PMC to undertake impact assessment of proposed cluster development project

There are 384 dilapidated structures in Peth areas, of which 111 were pulled down recently: PMC administration

Written by Ajay Khape | Pune | Published: October 4, 2017 9:50:24 am
pmc news, wadas news, pune news, indian express news An old wada near Kasba Peth in Pune. Pavan Khengre

RAISING HOPES for the hundreds of dilapidated buildings, or wadas, in the heart of city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to undertake an impact assessment of the cluster development of the areas to prepare a redevelopment plan. The PMC has been facing problems in redevelopment of the old buildings located in the heart of city. While the tenants occupying the buildings are demanding their right on the redeveloped property, which the owners have refused.

The civic administration had been issuing notices to the occupants to vacate dilapidated buildings but did not receive any reply.

As a final solution, the PMC had proposed cluster development of the central part of the city, which would enable redevelopment of old buildings by giving them additional Floor Space Index (FSI) for construction, if the buildings in the area form a cluster and come together for redevelopment. However, the state government, while approving the development plan for the old part of the city, had kept the proposal in abeyance.

A civic official said, “The state has now asked the PMC to carry out the impact assessment of the cluster development. Thus, the civic body has appointed a private agency for the purpose and based on the impact assessment report the PMC would prepare the new cluster development proposal and sent it to the state government for approval.”

He added that the agency would carry out a study of the area, taking into account the implementation of cluster development. The same would then be compared with the cluster development model implemented in other cities like Mumbai.

There are around 800 wadas, spread across 6.5 sq km of Kasba Peth, Rasta Peth, Sadashiv Peth, Narayan Peth, Nana Peth, Ganesh Peth, Raviwar Peth, Somwar Peth, Mangalwar Peth, Budhwar Peth, Gurwar Peth, Shukarvar Peth and Shaniwar Peth.

According to the PMC administration, there are 384 dilapidated structures in the Peth areas, and, recently, 111 were pulled down as they were in “dangerous” conditions.

Prashant Waghmare, City Engineer of PMC, said, “The PMC could not succeed in its efforts, as occupants of at least 113 dilapidated buildings failed to vacate the premises despite being served notices.”

It was also observed that the occupants were poor and had been occupying the rented property for years, he added. They cannot afford to move in a new property and, fearing that they would not have the right over the redeveloped building, they refused to vacate, he said.

The state had also issued certificates as a proof of stay to reluctant occupants but that, too, did not yield expected results.

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