State govt eases rules for construction around nalas

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 14 October 2018

Now, State government has defined a major watercourse as a river and minor watercourse as nala . The government has also allowed permission for constructions around nalas .

Pune: Maharashtra state government has issued a notification giving relaxation for constructions around nalas on Friday. The decision has helped to safeguard existing constructions around nalas and allow new constructions, as well as the redevelopment of old properties. Thousands of people will benefit from the 
decision.

Also, the Urban Development Department has defined major water bodies and minor water bodies. 
Earlier, the government had defined major water bodies as watercourse ,which carried water discharging from contributing area of not less than 160 hectare and minor water bodies as watercourse, which is not a major. Due to this, no construction was allowed within a 15-metre distance of nalas. Therefore most of the properties or households were affected and there was a restriction on new constructions, as well as the redevelopment of old properties. Now, after the relaxation by the government, thousands of people, who are living around nalas, will benefit.

Now, State government has defined a major watercourse as a river and minor watercourse as nala. The government has also allowed permission for constructions around nalas. However, they have mentioned that the Municipal Commissioner will take a final call to allow new constructions or redevelopments after checking the distance of properties from nalas. Also, it has made modification in the Pune Municipal Corporation Development Control rules and incorporated them in the development plan of Pune city.

Prashant Waghmare, City Engineer of Pune corporation, said, “State government’s decision to allow construction around nalas will help in the redevelopment of properties, which were affected earlier due to rules of no construction near nalas. Now, the corporation can permit construction by keeping 4.5 metres of distance from nalas. However, the Municipal Commissioner will take the final decision based on circumstances.”

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