Nearly 6,000 illegal constructions in the city could benefit from the recent state government move to regularize the unauthorized properties.
Prashant Waghmare, the city engineer of the corporation, told reporters on Monday, “As of now, there are around 6,000 unauthorized constructions. But not all will get the benefit of the new norms. The norms of the state government will be used to take the final call on regularizing the constructions. The building permission department will coordinate with the property tax department to cross-verify the data.”
The state urban development department on Saturday issued rules for illegal structures to be legalized on payment of a penalty.
Illegal constructions carried out before December 31, 2015 in residential, commercial and industrial zones would be considered for declaration as “compounded structure” on payment of compounding charges.
According to the state’s guidelines, structures do not risk demolition once the owners or residents of these structures pay the charges.
However, no new development is permitted in such a structure; only repairs and maintenance are permitted. Reconstruction or redevelopment will be allowed only if the prevailing regulations permit it.
The notification states if an unauthorized construction is on land reserved for public purposes it will be considered for regularization, provided the urban local body shifts the reservation on another plot or deletes it. The entity seeking regularization will need to pay the costs involved. There will be no regularization if the plots are reserved for playgrounds, gardens and open spaces.
Unauthorized construction on land reserved for railways, roads and Metro will be considered provided the reservation is shifted. A no objection certificate (NOC) has to be obtained from the agency owning the public land.
Illegal structures in buffer zones and structurally unsafe buildings would not be considered, said the notification. The urban local body is required to issue a public notice and announce the timeline during which applications would be accepted. Applications submitted after that would not be considered, said the notification.
Waghmare said the department would frame the rules and regulations for compounding in accordance with new notification.
Even the fee for regularizing properties would have to be decided. It would need a final stamp from the Pune Municipal Corporation’s general body.
Earlier on Saturday, PMC razed illegal constructions in Katraj and Deccan areas. Constructions spread over 6,264sqft were demolished in the drive.