Builders to pay Rs. 20K per flat as water cess

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 7 June 2018

Pune: The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has decided to collect water cess of Rs 20,000 per dwelling from builders to meet the water demands. PMRDA Chief Kiran Gitte said that it will be a one-time cost to be incurred by the builder. 

Pune: The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has decided to collect water cess of Rs 20,000 per dwelling from builders to meet the water demands. PMRDA Chief Kiran Gitte said that it will be a one-time cost to be incurred by the builder. 

“The cess collected will be used in connecting a real estate project with water facility. We will provide water facility till the gate of the project,” added Gitte. PMRDA is in process of making a DPR of Rs 25 crore for providing water facility of about 0.5 TMC to Wagholi. The tenders for the same will soon be called.

To solve water woes, PMRDA is in frequent talks with Water Resources Department. Recently, 3 TMC water was sanctioned to PMRDA by the department.

Metro project
The PMRDA officials are in process of conducting a survey related to Shivajinagar-Hinjawadi metro stations and the tender for the project is expected to be open by June 18, informed Kiran Gitte. Speaking to reporters, Gitte said that PMRDA has been successful in convincing farmers of Maan village to part with 50 acres of their land as the depot proposed for the Shivajinagar-Hinjawadi metro corridor is suppose to come at Maan village. “We will soon call for tenders for the project. It will be a single tender for all types of work of the metro project,” added Gitte.
Recently, the State government has approved a budget of Rs 2,591 crore for the development work by the PMRDA.

The budget sanctioned will be used for Hinjawadi-Shivajinagar Metro project, ring road, water supply, solid waste management, fire brigade services and others which is to be undertaken by PMRDA. A budget of Rs 888 crore has been approved for the metro project.

Ring road project
Gitte said that a budget of Rs 1,235 crore has been approved for ring road project and the PMRDA will focus on acquiring land for the project at earliest as National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had recently shown concerns over the land acquisition of the project. NHAI has agreed to fund the construction cost of the project. “NHAI wanted to start the project only after 80 per cent of land acquisition is done as that would assure the completion of the project. We are progressing at a good rate when it comes to land acquisition for the project,” added Gitte.

Development in Lavasa
As PMRDA has taken over Lavasa Corporation, Gitte said that Lavasa Corporation has submitted its revised development plan to PMRDA and the latter will be making changes in the plan. Even after a year when PMRDA took over Lavasa Corporation after its special planning authority (SPA) status was revoked by the State government visitors to Lavasa continue to face problem including payment of exorbitant parking fee.
Illegal construction

Recently, the PMRDA has razed over 100 illegal construction in the Pune Metropolitan Region. “There are over 1,600 illegal constructions which need to be demolished. We are currently focused on demolishing illegal construction at hilltop, river bed and other sensitive zones,” added Gitte.

AWAS Yojana
Speaking about affordable housing, Gitte said that around 18,000 houses will be available for people in affordable housing section in coming 18 months in Wagholi, Vadu, Wadgaon, Velu and Mhalunge village.

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