The state government has lauded the Pimpri-Chinchwad New Township Development Authority (PCNTDA) for the anti-encroachment drive being carried out against unauthorised constructions and encroachments in the area.
Divisional commissioner and president of Pimpri-Chinchwad New Township Development Authority (PCNTDA) Prabhakar Deshmukh told Newsline on Friday that the drive has been successful and will continue till all encroachments are removed. The move has been appreciated by the chief minister and the deputy chief minister. Development of the area was lagging behind because of encroachments. Lots of commercial establishments have come up and the clean-up drive aims at developing the area, said Deshmukh.
He said that once the encroachments are removed,the aim is to provide amenities such as sports ground,garden,toilet space and others.
He said there will be a thorough assessment and some space will be alloted for commercial purposes to increase revenue.
On Thursday,20 small shops and nine extensions were removed and on Friday,the drive continued with nearly 25-30 constructions being pulled down at Sachin Grah Prakalp in sector 20 of Chikhli. Yogesh Mhase,chief executive officer,PCNTDA,said,Notices have been given to residents and the demolition drive will be carried out phase-wise for a month. We had started with 450 illegal constructions which are built on reserved lands.
Kishore Pawar,deputy chief executive officer,said,The planning for the same has been going on for the last six months. We had drawn out a tender for machinery required and we have no problem regarding staff and machinery. The police have also helped us with the drive.
Pawar said the authority had conducted a survey of illegal structures at Thergaon,Bhosari,Wakad,Chikhali,Nigdi and Rahatni and the PCNTDA had notices had been sent before razing them. So the drive does not come as a surprise.
The PCNTDA had assessed a total of 16,600 unauthorised building of which 3,500 were built on reserved lands of PCNTDA,among them demolition of 450 structures have commenced.
The PCNTDA plans to roll out a policy of affordable housing once lands are acquired. Deshmukh said that a phase-wise plan will be chalked once the drive is complete.
The work of constructing the new buildings,traffic park are in progress. The PCMC and the PCNTDA are also building the International Exhibition and Convention Centre at Moshi.