PMC To Upload List Of Illegal Constructions In Pune, Newly Merged Villages
Illegal construction in Pune has led Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) taking up the cause. The state government recently mandated all civic bodies to upload details of illegal properties on the official website. This was necessary because, “Action is only taken when it comes to light that the building is illegal. Innocent buyers suffer in the process. Most buyers remain unaware that buildings where they have bought property are illegal," the notification stated.
Going forth, buyers must check the official website of PMC to make sure that they are not dealing with an unreliable seller or a project that has no legality. For the convenience of public, details of unauthorised structures outside the main city plus those in the 11 newly merged villages, that is, Uruli Devachi, Phursungi, Bavdhan Budruk, Lohegaon (remaining), Hadapsar (Sadesatra Nali), Mundhwa (Keshavnagar area), Shivane (remaining), Dhayari (remaining), Undri, Ambegaon Khurda and Ambegaon Budruk will also be made public. Ward-wise details of authorised and unauthorised structures would be uploaded with additional information about the developer and the survey number of the project.
Taming the growing numbers
An estimate says that in the newly merged villages alone, there are close to 5,000 illegal buildings. The notification from the state government says that civic bodies should advertise these in newspapers so that public doesn’t fall prey to it. Moreover, a caveat (warning) should be issued by the civic body before razing the structure. Sub-registrar’s have also been instructed to not register any illegal construction within PMC’s jurisdiction.
More planned action
The government has also urged that civic bodies must make sure that buyers are not duped when the court issues a stay order. The civic body now has the responsibility of taking illegal constructions to the court.
Meanwhile, the newly merged villages will also be made to abide by the development control rules laid out by PMC. Gram panchayats no longer have the power to sanction a structure’s plan and layout.
In a fresh development, PMC has also decided to reduce the penalty charged on illegal constructions. As compared to three times the property tax, now homes below 1,000 sq ft will have to pay only 1.5 times the property tax as penalty.