Pune: After the state government made an announcement of including 34 fringe villages in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limit, elected members of the civic body have claimed that permission for construction has increased manifold and the practice needs to be curbed.
The members have given a proposal claiming that the builders are busy in getting their plans sanctioned before it is formally included in the PMC limit and due to this the civic body has lost revenue of nearly Rs2,000 crore.
Senior Congress corporator Aba Bagul has given a proposal to the standing committee demanding that civic administration put pressure on the government and stop the construction activity or get revenue from the government for the development of these villages.
Speaking to dna Aba Bagul said, "Ever since the state government has passed an ordinance of including 34 fringe villages in the PMC limit, over 10 crore square feet construction permission has been granted. At present, Rs170 is the development charge, but if is formally included in PMC limit builders and developers will have to pay Rs800 as development charge as per rule. The builders want to avoid these charges, and therefore, they rushing for the sanctioning process."
"As the sanctioning of construction plan has increased in the past few months, there is no planning in the construction activity; hence, once these villages are included, there will not be any vacant land for amenity space. Therefore, I have demanded that further development in these villages should be as per the development control (DC) rule of PMC. The state government also should provide some funds to PMC to provide basic amenities to these 34 villages."