Separate development plan proposed for 11 merged villages
The Pune Municipal Corporation’s city development committee has proposed drafting of a separate development plan (DP) for 11 newly merged villages to ensure planned development and to keep a tab on illegal constructions and encroachments in these villages.
The proposal was tabled at the recently held meeting and was passed unanimously by members.
The proposed DP can reserve the areas for amenity spaces and public utilities, besides ensuring proper road infrastructure across these villages, said members of the committee.
The state government has given a nod for merger of 11 villages under PMC limits. This includes partial merger of nine villages and complete merger of Phursungi and Urali Devachi. Most of these villages have already witnessed significant development in the real estate sector in last one decade.
Sachin Dodke, corporator from Warje who tabled the proposal, said that the administration needs to act fast on the issue. Immediate intervention was necessary to avoid illegal construction and unplanned growth in merged areas. There was also a need to protect reservations and conduct a detailed survey of land use, he said.
The villages were about to be merged in the city. Some parts of 9 villages were merged in city limits a few years back. The proposal for merger of remaining areas was pending for long with the state government.
Another member of the city development committee said that a detailed discussion was held about merger proposal. Most members expressed concern over the unregulated development in fringe areas.
“After merger it will now be PMC’s responsibility to provide basic infrastructure to these areas. The civic administration will also have to make provision for amenity spaces and locations for bus stops, hospitals, water tanks, besides it will have to lay water pipelines and make provisions for drainage lines, storm water drains. DP is necessary to protect the space for these amenities,” a member said.