‘Report on responses to BDP likely to be submitted by month-end’

The town planning department on Monday completed the hearing of as many as 13, 352 responses to the government's proclamation facilitating reservation of land for Biodiversity Parks (BDP) and giving Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) as compensation to owners whose land would be acquired for the project.

The hearing commenced on November 30 and was conducted for six days in December.

On the last day of the hearing on Monday, the department heard 100 cases that were mostly put up by NGOs and green organisations.

Avinash Patil, Joint Director, Town Planning, said the cases involved issues pertaining to protection of hills, permissions from gram panchayat, area premium issues, 100 per cent TDR instead 8 per cent as allotted, and rates as per the ready recknor.

"I will now have to study all these objections in detail and comment on each one of them before compiling and sending my report,'' said Patil.

He said he plans to submit the report by month-end. "The government will take a final call on the report,'' he added.

The notice for suggestions and objections was issued in February this year. The hearings were for individuals and institutions from Wadgaon, Warje, Wadgaon Dhairi, Lohegaon, Mohammedwadi, Kondwa, Ambegaon, Dhankawadi and Katraj

areas.

The Pune Municipal Corporation had merged 23 villages in its jurisdiction in 1997 and decided to prepare a Development Plan (DP) in the same year.

The DP was declared in 2002 and was forwarded to the state government for approval after incorporating suggestions from villagers. Of the total 978 hectares of land reserved for BDP, 853 hectares was privately owned land. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had declared BDP with a provision of 8 per cent TDR as compensation along with 74 hectares for excluded properties.

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