The exercise of listing unauthorised constructions progressed further in Pune district and until Thursday 2,910 of them were detected on the outskirts of Pune city and 1,034 in Pimpri-Chinchwad fringe areas.
District officials who fanned out in these areas on Thursday said they surveyed 54,304 buildings in Pune district, of which 7,075 were authorised. “We found 4,248 unauthorised buildings and served notices on 3,723,’’ officials said.
District officials are carrying out an exhaustive survey of illegal and legal buildings. The much-delayed Swadheen Kshatriya report to counter illegal constructions has been cleared by the state cabinet and will arm district collectors with powers to initiate action against illegal structures in fringe areas.
Pune district collector Saurabh Rao had submitted a 21-page report last week with details of staff requirement, a cell as well as a planning authority to initiate action against illegal constructions.
The mammoth survey is on by the Pune district administration, and it will classify structures as legal or illegal. Officials from the collectorate, though yet to receive a copy of the amendments, said it was a welcome move.
The state cabinet decided to amend the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act to put a check on illegal constructions in rural areas. Earlier, the Congress-NCP government had started the action. “The new government has the issue on its priority list,’’ said officials of the district administration. Collectorate officials said the report for Pune highlights the same. The report from Pune collector highlights the shortage of manpower.
Administration officials said once the notification arrives they should be able to take action.
The amendments seek to empower gram panchayats to allow development in gaothan areas while district collectors will be permitted to carry out development projects outside the gaothan area. The collectors would be empowered to permit development outside gaothan area and will be able to take action on illegal constructions.