Parties united on Shivsrushti but divided on BDP compensation

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 5 May 2018

Pune: All parties are unanimous in giving 0.8 per cent Floor Space Index (FSI) as compensation to land owners in the Biodiversity Plan (BDP) land in Kothrud area, where the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) plans to develop the Shivsrushti project. However, the parties are divided on the compensation issue for the BDP land used for other than Shivsrushti purposes.  

Pune: All parties are unanimous in giving 0.8 per cent Floor Space Index (FSI) as compensation to land owners in the Biodiversity Plan (BDP) land in Kothrud area, where the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) plans to develop the Shivsrushti project. However, the parties are divided on the compensation issue for the BDP land used for other than Shivsrushti purposes.  
On Friday, District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat called a meeting of all-party leaders in the PMC to discuss issues related to the Shivsrushti in Kothrud. NCP MP Vandana Chavan, Shiv Sena spokesperson Nilam Gorhe, State Water Resources Minister Vijay Shivtare, opposition leader in PMC Chetan Tupe and Congress leader Arvind Shinde raised questions about implementation of the Shivsrushti and compensation to be given to the land owners.  

Addressing the media, Bapat said, “All party leaders were united on the issue of Shivsrushti. We will take an appropriate decision to build the Shivsrushti.”

Shivtare said, “There are 1,800 hectares of BDP land reservations in the city. Unauthorised constructions have come up on most of the BDP land. The civic body has failed to stop unauthorised constructions. The state government has allotted survey number 99 and 100 land for the Shivsrushti project. In this case, the land owners will go to court on the issue of compensation.”

Gorhe said, “Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is our inspiration. So, the Shivsrushti must come up. The affected farmers should get better compensation. When in power in the PMC, the NCP and the Congress could not secure the BDP land from encroachment. So, our party suggested formation of a committee, which will monitor the BDP reservations and implement the Shivsrushti plan.”

Chavan said, “Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thoughts on the environment should be respected. We should secure 1,800 hectares of the BDP land. The State government should clear its view on the BDP land. There is no dispute over giving 10 per cent compensation to the land owners, but there should be transparency.”  

Arvind Shinde said, “The PMC should not give compensation in cash. It should be given as per the Jain Committee recommendations.” 

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