Pimpri: The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has started a special cell for facilitating regularisation of unauthorised constructions, which took place before December 31, 2015.
The government announcement regarding this was made four months ago, when there are more than 66,000 unauthorised constructions in PCMC. The civic body has so far, received only seven applications.
This issue dominated the electoral politics of the city in 2014 assembly and parliamentary elections. The erstwhile Congress-NCP government had appointed a committee of senior bureaucrat Sitaram Kunte to find out possible solutions for this long pending problem. But even before the committee could come up with its recommendation, the assembly election took place and the government in the State was replaced by BJP led government. The experts say that alleged failure of Congress-NCP government in addressing this issue cost them dearly, as they lost all assembly and parliamentary seats from PCMC.
Current city unit chief of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) changed loyalty from NCP before the assembly election, over the unauthorised construction issue. He got an assurance from BJP to solve the issue. During election rallies, BJP promised that the party will solve the long-standing issue within 100 days after
coming to the power.
Kunte committee submitted its formula to the BJP-led government, but the court ordered that formula for regularisation cannot be announced without prior permission of the court, as many existing laws are involved in this issue. So, it took three years for the announcement of formula. It was speculated that the civic body will get huge revenue from the regularisation, against the penalty from the owners. However, even after the announcement of the policy in September, the PCMC has received just seven applications.
It was learnt that due to stringent terms and conditions for the regularisation, owners of illegal constructions are reluctant to come forward. Now, the BJP also feels that there is a need to relax the terms and conditions and streamline the process for regularisation. A meeting was conducted at the mayor’s chamber on Friday.
For the regularisation of the construction, the PCMC is going to charge 4 per cent development charges on current ready reckoner rates of the area, and 16 per cent against penalties and basic amenities charges. Besides this, owners of unauthorised constructions will have to pay additional 20 per cent charges for regularising terraces, parking lot, staircases.
Leader of the house in PCMC said, “In the meeting, the instructions have been given to administration to streamline the process, so that maximum number of people will regularise their construction. The municipal commissioner has assured that the problems in the process will be figured out in next one week and they will be addressed thereafter.”