Illegal structures in Pune district

There has been a 120 per cent increase in illegal constructions in the district post the Regional Plan of 1997, in which 1.13 lakh illegal constructions were listed in the district. At present, the district collectorate estimates around 2.5 lakh illegal constructions in the district with large-scale growth in the fringe areas.

State additional chief secretary (UDD) T C Benjamin said, “In Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, illegal structures are mushrooming in the fringe areas. While municipal corporations have dedicated officers to take action against encroachments, such machinery does not exist for the district collector. The state has intervened and now, action will be taken against all illegal constructions.’’ He said the UDD had already planned steps to regulate constructions under the Development Control Rules within a 10 -km radius of municipal limits.

District collector Vikas Deshmukh said“illegal construction was rampant not only in the district but throughout the state. The case of Haveli taluka was considered but the action plan will be also prepared for key regions. Man power, machinery and the action plan will be prepared as per the state government’s directives,’’.

Pune district administration has already listed 8,853 illegal structures in 13 talukas, with Maval and Haveli topping the list. Of these, 3,634 have been issued notices while offences have been registered in 6,019 cases. Only two have been regularised.

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At Ovalnest Housing Society

Nowadays, the city is suffering from many problems such as garbage, water supply, sewage water disposal etc.Here we look at the perfect example of how one can make the best out of such problems.Ovalnest is a housing society located at Warje, Pune. They are generating electricity using windmills, reusing sewage water, treating organic waste into manure that helps in beautifying their gardens.Sunil Mantri, the secretary of Ovalnest, said, “There are six buildings in our society. Each of six building has one windmill on the terrace and we are using the energy generated by windmills for lightening in parking and on staircases. Our light bills have been reduced.”
At a time when other Puneities are facing water cruch, the residents of Ovalnest never face such problem. Paresh Nimkar, one of the member of the society, said, “We have installed Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) where all waste water is being treated and reused for flushing and irrigation. The solid waste from all six buildings is segregated in dry and wet waste. The entire wet waste is managed with the help of vermicomposting plants that convert garbage into fertilizer. We use this fertilizer to develop our garden and we sell it too.”
“We harvest rain water by two ways; rooftop and surface rain water harvesting. In rooftop system rain water from roof is collected and stored in storage tanks and used for non-potable requirements. In surface rain water system, rain water that flows away from hill slopes behind the buildings is collected and irrigated in ground through the channels to improve groundwater table. ” Mantri added.

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A biogas plant set up by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to generate electricity for street lights has been giving nightmares to the residents of Maharashtra Housing Society in Yerwada area. Residents have alleged that the PMC has cheated them by building the plant while it had promised to build a water tank for its pumping station. Now they are complaining that continuous foul smell and irritating noise from the generator sets of the plant have taken away their peace and calm of the locality. There are nearly four housing societies near the plant
The PMC authorities said the plant has been set up under the solid waste management system. Under this system, wet garbage from the area is collected and used to generate electricity to light street lamps in the same area. The work for Yerwada plant was build at the cost of Rs 47 lakh and its work had started in 2010. Archana Panse, a resident of society, said, “The PMC had started the work saying it was constructing a water tank for a pumping station. We trusted them and didn’t raise any objection. After its completion they started using it as biogas plant. The foul smell from the plant is suffocating.” Ajay Balal, chairman of the society, said that they have sent nearly 50 complaints to the PMC. They got temporary relief when acted on the complaints and stopped the plant thrice in the last seven months. But society people want it completely shut. “We are facing noise pollution. Therefore we are demanding a permanent closure of the plant. I don’t understand why they set up the plant in a residential area” Balal added.
Explaining the basis behind commissioning biogas plants, Suresh Jagtap, deputy municipal commissioner and incharge of the solid waste management department, said, “We are doing this for the people’s benefit. But no one wants a plant in their area while they want us to dump the garbage they generate somewhere else. How can it be possible? The plants are set up to process garbage and generate electricity. I don’t think it is such a big problem and we are taking all possible step to minimise the noise and odour ”
Besides Yerwada, the PMC-run biogas plants are located in Model Colony, Aundh, Bavdhan, Peshwe Park, Katraj- Kondhwa road, Katraj, Hadapsar, Ghole Raod and Wanwadi-Salunkhe Vihar.

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Go green to get more tax exemption !!

Green building is the idea of designing a home so that it is environmentally friendly. It is essential because we are running out of resources to continue living as we have in the past. We want there to be enough resources for everyone now and in the future.
A green building is one which uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building.
Bungalows and small housing projects which are going green will now have an advantage. Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has proposed to give more tax exemption for the small housing projects built up to 2,500 sq feet which follow the green building guidelines.
So far, only big housing projects were getting the advantage. But now those building individual houses/bungalows will also be covered under the scheme.The civic administration has tabled a proposal in this regard before the general body meeting for approval.
PCMC launched its ‘Green Building’ initiative in the year 2011 considering that buildings have a major impact on environment in terms of depletion of natural resources due to building materials, enormous energy consumption, wastage of water during and after construction, pollution etc.
Initially, the tax rebates and premium discounts were offered to big housing projects. But now small housing projects and individual houses built up to 2,500 sq ft area will get 10 to 50% tax and premium discount.
PCMC was the first municipal corporation to make a conscious effort its responsibility in saving natural resources and the impact on society by incentivising Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment Rating System (GRIHA), in its jurisdiction. This rating system not only takes care of energy conservation but also looks into water and waste management, minimum destruction of natural resources and various other aspects in an integrated way.
There will be less energy consumption due to green building construction. The developer gets a discount in premium amount of building permission charges as per the rating awarded by GRIHA from 10 % to 50% and the flat owners get 5% to 15% discount in property tax after the possession from the