PUNE: Close on the heels of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order directing the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the State Irrigation Department to demolish unauthorised constructions or dumping of garbage or debris within the flood zone of Mutha, the PMC has decided to carry out a survey of illegal constructions by marriage halls, along the riverbed, located between Rajaram Bridge and Mhatre Bridge.
The NGT order stated that the PMC and the Irrigation Department should jointly identify the unauthorised constructions and reclaiming of land by the marriage halls within the blueline flood zone of Mutha river along the DP Road, stretching from Mhatre Bridge to Rajaram Bridge, should be initiated within two weeks.
It also asked the PMC and the irrigation department to demolish or remove the unauthorised constructions for ecological restoration of the riverine zone of Mutha river within four weeks.
The NGT also told Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar and the Irrigation Department to file a compliance affidavit promptly after the compliance period.
However, when contacted, city engineer Prashant Waghmare said that PMC will abide by the NGT order. It will carry out a survey to identify illegal constructions along the riverbed. “Once we complete the survey, only then we will be able to take action on the unauthorised structures along the riverbed,” Waghmare told Sakal Times.