Only 102 illegal structures remain on PCMC hitlist

Demolition drive From 2,300 to 900 to 480 to 102... the list gets shorter; latest reduction comes after CM calls meeting of civic officials, MLAs.

In a major relief to citizens protesting against its drive to demolish illegal structures, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has decided to raze only those structures that are either on land reserved in the development plan or those coming within the floodline. The decision was taken in a meeting convened by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and attended by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Municipal Commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi, MLAs Vilas Lande and Laxman Jagtap and senior government officials.

Pardeshi said the government had decided to bring in an amendment to the existing Act to regularise structures that have not been constructed on land reserved in the development plan or those not falling within the floodlines. He said a suggestion was made at the meeting that an FSI of 2.5 be given to regularise the structures. "The government promised it would consider the suggestions," he said.

Officials said only those structures outside the reserved land could be considered for regularisation. The government is expected to bring the amendment in the budget session of the legislature.

After Tuesday's meeting, the PCMC is left with only 102 structures to demolish. These structures on reserved land or within the floodline would be demolished in the next three to four months, said the commissioner. "From July, when we started the drive, we have demolished 179 structures. Now, for the remaining 100 another three-four months will be required," said Pardeshi.

In July, the PCMC had as many as 2,300 structures on its demolition list. After structures in the Red Zone were razed, the number came down to 900. The PCMC revised the list to 480. And now, only 102 structures have to be demolished.

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