There are over 7,000 cases of encroachment on government land in the 13 talukas of Pune district, according to a survey. Officials described the extent of encroachment in the district as massive.
Earlier, Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse had said there was a need for such a survey so that the encroachments could be removed and had ordered the authorities in all the districts to list government land and encroachments on them.
Most encroachments are in Haveli followed by Khed, Maval, Daund and Junnar. The list of encroachments includes 3,968 cases in Haveli followed by 1,087 cases in Khed, 634 cases in Maval, 471 cases in Daund, 393 cases in Junnar, 323 cases in Purandar, 38 cases in Bhor, 42 cases in Ambegaon, 31 cases in Indapur, 125 cases in Baramati, 116 cases in Shirur, 27 cases in Mulshi, 38 cases in Pune city and 485 cases in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area.
In Pune district itself, a large chunk of government land was given on lease for educational purpose.
As these plots are lying unused, the administration is taking back the plots so that they can be used for other purposes.
Recently, a prime property was withdrawn from an institution and given for housing by the consumer court.
A review meeting was held recently on the issue of encroachment by Pune district collector Saurabh Rao. Officials attending the meeting said no action had been taken against the illegal constructions over the years.
The government has asked the authorities to take stringent action against encroachments, which will include penalty and demolition.
Necessary manpower will be provided to carry out the demolitions under police protection.