Three seven-floor residential buildings have come up in Pimprigaon area under the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. According to the civic officials,all the three buildings have no permission but the work on the buildings has been going on for two years now and the officials have apparently done nothing about it.
The fact that the three buildings are illegal emerged after an activist from Pimprigaon filed an RTI application with the PCMC. In its reply,the PCMC said it has not granted permission for the buildings. Our sanction has not been taken by the developer. We have no knowledge about it and the buildings are illegal. We have no idea whether the buildings are in blue or red line or in close proximity to the river. Whatever it be,the construction of the buildings has not been approved by PCMC, said PCMC Deputy City Engineer Vasant Kachi who replied to the RTI query.
Kachi said after they gave the information in writing about the buildings,he had sent his officers to the site. The officers found that the buildings have not been granted permission. I do not know how many floors they have or whether they are residential or commercial, he said. Kachi said he has asked the D divisional officer to take necessary action against the buildings.
The RTI activist,who did not wish to be named,said he will hold a press conference once he gets complete information about the buildings. I would not like to reveal my identity until that happens, he said,adding that because of him two PCMC officials had invited trouble in the past.
When contacted,Municipal Commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi said he would look into the matter.
What has shocked activists and residents in Pimpri-Chinchwad is the fact that construction work on the buildings had been on for two years and no civic official had raised any eyebrows. Buildings are allowed to come up and then they want to demolish them. Its a national loss…the PCMC should keep its eyes and ears open, said S Chalkha,another civic activist.
The PCMC is already under pressure to demolish over a lakh illegal structures that have mushroomed in the 30 years since the civic body came into existence. Over a year back,the Bombay High Court had asked it to submit details of the illegal properties and ensure they are razed. The PCMC had till last November issued nearly 1.5 lakh notices. The PCMC later clarified that at least 1.25 lakh structures are illegal. Some residents have extended their balconies or constructed houses on land belonging to the civic body. Some of the buildings have also come up on land reserved for gardens,swimming pools or markets. The PCMC had sought an years time from the HC to demolish illegal structures,which has been granted.
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