PIMPRI: Open plots measuring up to 336 acres have been used for new constructions in Pimpri Chinchwad last year. This has resulted in 46 lakh sq ft of residential and commercial space. Overall, the number of new residential and commercial properties constructed in the city has declined significantly in the past three years as compared to the three years preceding that period.
Pimpri Chinchwad has been one of the fastest growing cities in the country. It has witnessed rapid commercial as well as residential development in the past two decades. As per data available with the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), the city has witnessed 84 percent growth in constructions between 2000 and 2007. The city outskirts has witnessed rapid urbanisation. More agricultural land was brought under concrete jungles every year.
The PCMC gave permission to build 1,499 new residential projects in 2016. These constructions covered 336 acres of agriculture land. Pimpri Chinchwad has become the fifth most populated city in the State following large-scale migrations from other parts of State as well as from other states.
At the time of merger of new villages in the PCMC limits in 1997, there were only 71,569 residential properties in the city. There were 4,50,761 properties in the city as of December 31, 2016. In the past six years, there have been an addition of 20,000 to 30,000 new properties every year. Around 26,000 to 29,000 new constructions were carried out between 2012 and 2014. Later, they declined to 20,000 to 22,500 in the next three years between 2015 and 2017.
In 2011, there were total 3,02,852 taxable properties in the city, which increased to 4,50,761 in 2017. Over 20,000 new residential properties were added during this period. However, basic facilities such as roads, drainages, water pipelines have not grown at the same pace. Consequently, people in several areas are still struggling for these basic facilities.