PUNE: At a time when the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is divided on the issue of Biodiversity Plan (BDP), party MP Vandana Chavan has written to the Municipal Commissioner demanding 10 per cent green Transfer Development Rights (TDR) to landowners as compensation.
She has also demanded that care be taken of the land with the formation of the committee to monitor and implement activities in the BDP reservation.
Chavan is on the forefront on the BDP issue despite opposition from within her party and because of her, BDP land is reserved in the development plan (DP) of 23 merged villages of the city.
She told Sakal Times, “I don’t think the party has a different stand. I suggested to the municipal commissioner to constitute a committee to monitor and implement activities in the BDP reservation, which should include citizens and NGOs who were on the forefront to ensure such a reservation.”
She added, “Steps should be taken immediately to ensure beat officers do their duty and prevent illegal construction and development and take strict action against any further illegal construction.” She demanded that no construction whatsoever be allowed on hills in the BDP area.
She said in the letter, “lt is unfortunate that there is no initiative from the government to take up plantation on government-owned land. No plan has been drawn out to develop the BDP area.”
However, Chetan Tupe, NCP leader said, “Being a party, we have already told our side at meeting called by District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat. All our points are on minutes on the meeting. So, I don’t think it is necessary to give a separate letter from party.”
POINTS RAISED BY CHAVAN
- Out of 1,800 hectares under BDP area 1,100 hectares belong to the government (700 hectares under Forest and 300 hectare additional) leaving only 700 hectares for private owners.
- Now, the decision needs to be taken to compensate the owners of the land by giving green TDR as recommended by the Jain Committee Report.
- An additional 2% green TDR, in addition to the 8 per cent may be given to those who surrender their land within one year to ensure early acquisition and development to achieve the biodiversity envisaged.