Pune: The State has finally taken a decision to give 8 per cent Transfer Development Rights (TDR) as compensation to Bio-Diversity Park Plan (BDP) landowners in merged 23 fringe villages on Saturday and issued a notification.
The compensation issue was pending for more than five years. Now, landowners can get 3,200 square feet TDR for their one acre land, which costs around Rs 32 lakh as per government open land rate. After this decision, it has been cleared that there will be no constructions allowed on BDP land.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis accepted the recommendations of the District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat committee to give TDR as compensation.
After 23 fringe villages were merged with the city in 1997, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) made a draft Development Plan (DP) of the 23 villages and submitted it to the State government for final approval on December 12, 2005. As per this, the corporation reserved biodiversity area after considering rapid urbanisation, destruction of forests and hills for construction of buildings and roads. In the 23 merged villages Development Plan (DP), the corporation had proposed and reserved total 978 hectares. It is spread over seven hills in 12 villages.
This includes 124.45 hectares of government land and 853.09 hectares of privately owned land.
In 2011, the State approved 23 merged villages Development Plan (DP) but kept on hold its decision on the biodiversity and it was pending at the state level. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis formed a committee of all city-based legislators and PMC officials to take a decision on the compensation on BDP land under the chairmanship of District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat. The committee has recommended 8 per cent TDR as compensation, which was accepted by the State government.
All political parties including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was in opposition in the corporation, were demanding 4-10 per cent of construction in BDPs while environmentalists were opposing it. Finally, BJP government took the decision to give 8 per cent TDR as compensation.
Prashant Waghmare, city engineer of the corporation, said, “Now, we will make a survey of the land and decide priority of land to be acquired first. After that, we will appeal landowners to hand over BDP lands to the corporation.”
Congress and Nationalist Congress party (NCP) coalition government appointed a six-member committee headed by KB Jain Committee. Jain was the dean and faculty of doctoral studies of Centre of Environmental Planning and Technology in Ahmedabad. which was formed by the State government to propose a solution for compensation of BDP land. The Committee recommended to continue BDP in DP by excluding 73 hectares of land, as there was development permission already given by the corporation.
Vandana Chavan, Member of Parliament (MP) of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Rajya Sabha, who is one of the pioneers of BDP reservation in Development Plan of city, said, “I feel like it is a personal victory that ultimately the hills of Pune will help us breathe and ensure a healthy future for our children and grandchildren. Sad that the apathetic approach and late decision making of the State government and PMC’s inaction against the illegal constructions could have been avoided. Hope the government constitutes a BDP implementation committee for speedy action.”
She added, “Now, the government has finally solved BDP’s long pending issue by finalising 8 per cent TDR to land owners. Corporation should have to immediately start process of acquiring land with formation of bio-diversity implementing committee. Due to lack of money in the corporation, Jain committee has recommended 8 per cent TDR in their report, which has been accepted and implemented by the State government.”
What is BDP issue?
There are 987 hectares of BDP land. Out of this, 773 hectares belongs to private owners. There are around 200 hectares of illegal construction in BDP land. If private land owners demand cash compensation instead of TDR, corporation should have to pay Rs 2,500 crore as per government rate of open land. There are more than 70,000 illegal constructions spread majorly in Wadgaon Budruk, Warje and Hingane area. PMC has a big challenge to clear illegal constructions on BDP area.