Civic body sets up single window scheme for TDRs

Siddharth Gadkari
Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to set up a single window system for giving Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) to landowners whose land is acquired for a project. 

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to set up a single window system for giving Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) to landowners whose land is acquired for a project. 

This is the first time that the PMC has taken the lead in simplifying the TDR process through the single window system, in which it will also guide landowners to sell TDRs in the open market. The civic body has chosen the Katraj-Kondhwa road widening plan as a pilot project for the system.
 
PMC Additional Municipal Commissioner Rajendra Nimbalkar said, “We have formed a team of 22 officials to tackle TDR-related issues of all landowners under the Katraj-Kondhwa road project. We have set a deadline of three months to release TDRs to the project-affected property holders. It will be a pilot project for the single window system. If it works well, we will apply this model to other development projects. The PMC has assigned this task to the officials, who will meet the landowners and carry out all TDR-related procedures.”

 “The landowners don’t need to visit the civic body’s office. These officers will visit their homes and take documents related to ownership of their land etc. Once paper and legal processes are done, we will issue TDR certificates within three months,” Nimbalkar said.

He said, “The PMC will help people to sell TDRs in the open market. Right now, people are not taking TDRs as compensation as they don’t know how to sell it in the market. Therefore, the civic body has decided to incorporate TDR selling-related aspect in the single window system.”

 The PMC compensates project-affected landowners in the form of Floor Space Index (FSI), additional TDRs and cash. Due to lack of funds, it is providing additional TDRs to the landowners. However, right now, project-affected property holders do not hand over their land for the project due to the lengthy process. At present, the civic body takes around a year to issue TDRs to landowners. Now, the PMC is claiming it will issue them within three months.

Additional Chief Superintendent of PMC Road Department Aniruddha Pawaskar said, “In the Katraj-Kondhwa road project, the PMC needs land from over 250 landowners to carry out the road-widening work. So, we have formed the single window system, in which the PMC will bear all financial cost, which will have to be paid to the landowners such as registration fee, demarcation of property etc. The landowners need not visit the PMC office. Our officials will meet them and carry out all procedures if their land-related documents are cleared. After issuing TDR certificates to the landowners, the PMC will proactively help them sell TDRs in the market.”

The PMC has approved Rs 149 crore for the Katraj-Kondhwa road widening project. The work has already started. According to the PMC Road Department, it is a 3.5-km stretch of the road from Rajas Society to Khadi Machine Chowk to Pisoli village. The road will have a 13.5-metre wide carriage width, 7.5-metre wide service roads, 5-metre wide angular parking, 3-metre wide cycle tracks, a utility corridor, footpath, 4.4-metre wide space for tree plantation, stormwater and drainage lines on both sides. The road will also have two vehicular underpasses, a pedestrian underpass, three grade separators and a bridge on a nala.

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