Pune: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Maharashtra government's notification to regularise lakhs of unauthorised buildings and structures in cities across the State, on the payment of a compounding charge has come as a great relief, as the ruling party was being criticised for various reasons.
On October 7, the government issued a notification. The State government had issued draft rules for regularising these structures in July. As the notification was delayed, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), didn't leave a single opportunity to point out the BJP's failure to solve the issue.
The State Urban Development Department, headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, had issued draft rules to regularise unauthorised construction made till December 31, 2015. The department then invited suggestions and objections on the rules. After this process was over, UDD notified these draft rules.
Unauthorised construction has remained an important issue during elections in Pimpri Chinchwad for the last few years.
When in opposition, BJP had targeted Congress-NCP for their inefficiency in taking a decision. During the last months in power, the previous government had appointed Senior bureaucrat Sitaram Kunte to study the problem and recommend the solution to solve this long pending issue. However, before submission of this report, BJP came to power and the responsibility of implementation of the report fell on the party.
Since the policy is concerned with various existing laws, the Mumbai High Court asked the State government that it couldn't go ahead with the policy of regularising illegal structures.
Therefore, even after three years after coming to power, the policy for regularisation could not see the light of day till date.
NCP leader Ajit Pawar, during his public meeting in Pimpri Chinchwad last week, took a dig at the failure of solving pending issues. Similarly, BJP is under attack on social media for the allegedly failed economic policy of the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre. Since anti-BJP sentiments are being echoed on social media, this notification of has come as a big relief for the BJP.
Considering this, now, after the notification has been issued, BJP leaders in the city sensed the opportunity and have erected big hoardings all over the city, congratulating Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis for this decision.
Although, the government has issued the notification, NCP is cautious about it, "We need to see whether the people of Pimpri Chinchwad will get the benefit of the government's decision or not. Whether the current decision is good or not for the city will be known only after the implementation," added NCP city unit chief Sanjog Waghere.
The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has appealed to citizens to apply for regularisation of structures. After assessment by the civic officials, the citizens will be asked to pay the compounding charges. The PCMC is going to open a special cell for the implementation.