Citizens protest against demolition drive decision

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

PCNTDA has served notices to over 800 property owners

Pimpri: The thousands of people affected by the proposed ring road took out a protest march to the Pimpri-Chinchwad New Town Development Authority (PCNTDA) office on Friday. They were protesting against the authorities’ decision to demolish over 800 properties built on the land meant for the ring road in Walhekarwadi area.

PCNTDA has served notices to over 800 property owners

Pimpri: The thousands of people affected by the proposed ring road took out a protest march to the Pimpri-Chinchwad New Town Development Authority (PCNTDA) office on Friday. They were protesting against the authorities’ decision to demolish over 800 properties built on the land meant for the ring road in Walhekarwadi area.

The PCNTDA had served demolition notices to over 800 property owners who had constructed houses on the land allocated for the ring road in the development plan of the authority. The protesters formed a mock Dindi, a group of warkaris, under the aegis of the Ghar Bachao Sangharsh Samiti.
They demanded that the PCNTDA should withdraw the demolition notices. “We will not allow the PCNTDA to demolish these structures. The PCNTDA closed the main gate of the building as the march reached the office. The agitators held a sit-in protest outside the office gate and demanded that the officials should accept their petition and not demolish the residential structures. Finally, PCNTDA CEO Satish Kumar Khadke accepted the petition.

When contacted, Khadke told Sakal Times, “We have issued notices to some commercial establishments built on the ring road demarcations. However, we have not issued notices to residential property owners in the area as our primary survey of the properties is still going on. The number of properties affected due to the ring road will be known only after the completion of the survey.”

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