PMC draft DP suggests to up land use for housing by 11%

Citing the need to meet the housing demand for the increasing city population, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has proposed to increase the use of land for residential purpose by 11 per cent.

In a presentation before the elected representatives, city engineer Prashant Waghmare explained the implementation of the existing development plan and the provisions made in the proposed development plan of the old part of the city.

He said the PMC in its existing DP in 1987 had proposed 609 reservations of land for public purpose of which 22 were deleted during 20 years of its implementation. "The PMC developed only 134 reservations while 453 reservations remain undeveloped," Waghmare said. But the situation was better compared to the implementation of DP prepared in 1966 when only 30 of the 459 reservations of public utility were developed.

Referring to various surveys conducted for preparing DP, he said change has been proposed in the extent of land use made available for various purpose. As per the existing land use, 20.48 per cent of land is under use for residential purpose and 31.93 per cent is proposed for residential use in the draft DP for the next 20 years.

The PMC has proposed 1.23 per cent for agriculture use as against 5.52 per cent that exists now. It kept 8.38 per cent land for forest and hills in the existing DP which will now be 7.85 per cent as per the draft DP.

To provide for the recreation needs of rising population, 6.87 per cent land is proposed for this purpose which is 3.89 per cent in the existing land use. The area of slums is 3.01 per cent and the administration has proposed 3.30 per cent of land for slum improvement. "Forty per cent of the population lives in mere 3.01 per cent land. Thus, there are efforts required to reduce this density," Waghmare said. The proposed land use shows decrease in land for water bodies and agriculture purpose.

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