PUNE: As many as 128 cooperative housing societies in the city are on the district administration’s radar for misuse of the government land they were allotted decades ago. Parvati area, with 61 such societies, tops the list, while Shivajinagar, old city areas, Erandwane, Yerawada and Ghorpadi are close behind. With nearly 150 acres of government land granted to these societies under various schemes, the district administration, in a maiden initiative after a government resolution to check the use of such land, has formed teams to map the land use in these societies.
Fourteen four-member teams have been set up under the orders of collector Saurabh Rao. They will have their first review meeting next week and conduct surprise visits to these societies thereafter. The teams will check the land use for any breach of conditions. “Government land allotted to these societies cannot be sold or leased without the permission of the collector. We have instructed our teams to check every detail of the use of land and whether there have been any sale deeds or other breach of conditions,“ resident deputy collector Rajendra Muthe said.
These government lands were allotted for low-cost housing projects especially for government officials, army officials or for families rehabilitated because of construction of dams or the flood-affected nearly 50-60 years ago according to various GRs and officials never checked how they were used.
A senior revenue official said a government resolution to check the breach of conditions about government land prompted them to begin these checks.
“Each team will have four officials with a naib tehsildar heading it. The teams will check the land documents, the usage of land and any discrepancies or breach of conditions, and draw up a report which would be submitted to the collector. A show-cause notice will be issued to errant societies,“ the revenue official said.
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