Monday, August 15, 2011
News Article: Maharashtra: Public Commission of Inquiry exposes massive encroachments in Pune
Published: Saturday, Jun 25, 2011, 21:23 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA
A builder used the public passage in an apartment to construct parking space and then sold each slot for Rs1.5 lakh.
District collectorate undertook demarcation of a plot near Ramnadi, although it was done six years ago. The new demarcation has led to deletion of the green belt.
The Centre had issued orders to not allow constructions within 500 yards from strategically important High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) but the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) gave permission for such construction.
These are some of the serious cases of encroachment in public spaces and violation of rules in the city that were reported to the Public Commission of Inquiry (PCI).
The PCI, headed by former Supreme Court justice PB Sawant, has been conducting inquiry into the problems of unauthorised construction and encroachment as well as non-implementation of the 1987 development plan (DP) of the city.
Nagrik Chetna Manch (NCM) and Surajya Sangharsh Samiti (SSS) had formed the PCI in October 2010.
Complainants, respondents and the PMC are sent notices for hearing.
NCM president Maj Gen (retd) SCN Jatar said the civic body has been cooperating with the commission in its working.
A complainant reported to the commission that a builder was constructing parking space for four-wheelers on a 6m-wide concretised passage, which covers water tanks and drainage lines. In the approved construction layout, the space used for parking was marked as open space or passage. Although the construction of parking lots was illegal, the builder was selling it for Rs1.5 lakh each to flat owners.
When the PCI took up the matter, the builder said that it had not sold a flat to any person in whose name the complaint was filed.
But the commission noted that the builder has not denied the substance of the complaint. It asked the PMC to confirm that there is no violation of development control (DC) rules. The case was closed as the civic body took action and removed the sheds for car parking.
In another case, a citizen filed a complaint to the commission about encroachments at various places in Bavdhan Khurd in the Ramnadi area. The district collectorate carried out the demarcation of one plot in 2003, although it was already done in 1997.
The PMC accepted the 2003 demarcation without investigating the reasons for change in the landscape. The change in landscape on paper resulted in deletion of the green belt adjoining Ramnadi and encroachment by about 9,000 square feet.
The complainant also pointed out that there is an encroachment on the cremation ground and the nala no 13 has been filled and encroached upon. The commission adjourned the hearing on the matter till August 2011 as all the respondents could not be present.
A complaint was heard about permission for construction being given by the PMC in Ramnagar Colony, Bavdhan, although the Centre had issued a notification in 2002 prohibiting construction in area up to 500 yards (457.2 m).
The complainant said that the PMC gave permission in three cases for construction despite the Central notification. The construction was carried on in all cases and it had unauthorised occupation was also within the PMC knowledge. ]
After conducting the hearing in March 2011, the PCI asked for related information from the PMC. The civic body has provided the most of the information and the hearing is now scheduled for August 2011.