Pimpri: The ring road-affected people have intensified their protest against the possible demolition of their houses for the High Capacity Mass Transit Road (HCMTR). However, it seems that there is no possibility of them getting relief as the government cannot cancel this road plan, even if it wants to.
Hence, despite support from the opposition parties, the affected people are not likely to get relief as these structures are not just unauthorised constructions but are also encroachments on the acquired land of the Pimpri-Chinchwad New Township Development Authority (PCNTDA).
BJP leaders from the city are trying to make people understand that there is no provision for regularising encroachments on acquired land. Nevertheless, they have succeeded in winning the support of opposition parties, including the Shiv Sena due to the continuous protest. The BJP is on the backfoot for the timebeing.
When contacted, BJP city unit General Secretary Sarang Kamtekar said, “We are committed to providing relief to the affected residents. Genuine cases will not have to worry, as they will be included in the ‘Housing For All Scheme’. There is no provision for regularising encroachments in acquired land. So, parties must stop instigating and playing with people’s emotions.”
The previous Congress and NCP government had made it clear in 2013 that it was not possible to regularise constructions on the PCNTDA’s acquired land. The government has already given compensation to the owners of the land. Some people have sold the acquired plots even after taking compensation from the government. People are aware that these are reservations in the development plan. Yet, huge structures have been built with their own money as no bank has funded them knowing their illegal status.
The proposal for regularisation of unauthorised constructions is under consideration of the State government in accordance with the recommendation of the Sitaram Kunte Committee. However, these particular unauthorised constructions are not likely to be regularised. If the demand of around 1,000 house owners is accepted, more such demands are likely to be pushed, as there are 25,000 such constructions out of 1.75 lakh illegal constructions in the city.