Only 102 illegal structures remain on PCMC hitlist

MLAs Laxman Jagtap and Vilas Lande suggested that illegal structures up to December 31, 2012 be regularised. "Action should be taken only against structures that came up after December 31, 2012. This was our demand at the meeting. The chief minister has promised to look into the demand," the MLA said.

Jagtap, Lande and MLA Anna Bansode held a press conference on Wednesday to withdraw their ultimatum on illegal constructions.

Jagtap and Lande had threatened that they would not allow the general body meeting to take place unless the CM intervened and took a call on illegal constructions. After Tuesday's meeting with Chavan, the MLAs said they were satisfied with the outcome. "The general body meeting will now take place," Jagtap said.

In the last eight months, the civic administration has said that 15 general body meetings were adjourned without any serious business taking place.

"Many of the meetings were adjourned on the issue of illegal constructions as corporators raised the pitch to stop the drive," said an official.

Of the 102 structures now on the PCMC list, those coming within the floodline would be demolished on priority.

"Not only major buildings but several religious structures have also come up in the vicinity of the Pavana river that flows through town. The religious set-ups were small tents and have now turned into huge structures. Without any permission from the civic body and with support from local politicians, the religious structures have come up and are adding up with each passing day. Civic officials are afraid to touch them lest it creates communal discord," said the official.

Senior officials, however, said the religious structures would be demolished or re-located as the case may be as a Supreme Court directive in this connection was very clear on that.

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