Pune: Notices for demolition of 16K illegal buildings on hold

PUNE: Over 16,000 illegal buildings have not been issued demolition notices since Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) and the collectorate cannot decide who will send them. PMRDA officials said the notices have been ready with them for over a month as per the survey of the district collectorate. Three letters have been written to the collectorate but the notices have not been dispatched by revenue officials.

“The action is as per the high court order on illegal constructions to which the collector has been made party. We are willing to initiate action against illegal structures. We want the collectorate to send the notices as they know the area since they conducted the survey. We have initiated our own survey and are taking action against illegal structures in Haveli, Mulshi and Maval talukas in Pune district,” officer on special duty Annasaheb Chavan said.

Chavan said the structures did not have building and non-agriculture plot permissions. There are 13,500 illegal structures in Haveli, 1,500 in Mulshi and about 500 in Maval talukas. If there was no response from the collectorate, they would have to depend on the agency they plan to appoint to issue the notices and initiate action, Chavan added.

The collectorate said it was PMRDA’s responsibility to initiate action against illegal structures under the Maharashtra Region and Town Planning Act, 1966. Resident deputy collector Rajendra Muthe told media they do have a staff crunch to issue these notices and they are burdened with election duties.

“We have already told them that our talathis are overburdened with other duties. There are 10 municipal councils going to the polls on December 14. We are willing for a meeting to thrash out the issues,” Muthe added.

Credits ET Realty

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