Pimpri: The BJP-led government in the State has finally provided relief for lakhs for people residing in unauthorised constructions in Pimpri-Chinchwad as it has issued draft rules for regularising unauthorised constructions across the State. Pimpri-Chinchwad has over 66,000 illegal constructions. If the constructions on land belonging to the MIDC and PCNTDA are taken into account, there are over 1.75 lakh such constructions in the city.
Regularisation of unauthorised constructions was a main election plank of the BJP during assembly as well as civic polls. Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis, in his Chinchwad rally, had assured that the government would come up with a comprehensive plan on regularising unauthorised constructions. BJP Chinchwad MLA Laxman Jagtap had quit the NCP mainly because of the Congress-NCP government’s failure to solve this problem. He said with this decision, 80 per cent people living in unauthorised constructions will get relief.
According to draft rules issued by the State government on Friday, unauthorised constructions will be regularised on payment of compound fees. These rules are open for suggestions and objections for one month. If these rules get a final approval, the constructions built before December 31, 2015 will be regularised by paying compounding fees. They will also get No Objection Certificates from government agencies.
The State Urban Development Department (UDD), which is headed by Fadnavis, issued these draft rules. Within six months of the rules coming into force, local authorities are supposed to invite applications from owners for consideration of their cases. The local authority will specify the time and date for the submission of such cases, after which applications will not be considered.
The UDD has issued a set of parameters to be considered for declaring unauthorised development as compounded structure. These include the permissible height of building with respect to road width, permissible building use. permissible floor space index (FSI), width of approach road, plinth area, parking area, staircase width, passage width, balcony, terrace misuse, if any. According to the draft rules, the state’s policy will apply to most cases of unauthorised constructions, except for structures in ecologically sensitive zones, Coastal Regulation Zones, among others.