PUNE: Ten years after it started collecting the data, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has finally enlisted civic properties paving the way for asset valuation and bringing transparency in lease contracts.
Asset valuation is a must for the PMC as per the Maharashtra Municipal Account Code 1971 Rule 156. Now, as the PMC has readied its property list, a valuation of its properties will be easy and the city can seek loans from establishments for development works and also get a true picture of its assets.
Civic properties include land, buildings, properties on lease, acquired land and buildings, machinery, electricity equipment, office equipment, furniture, vehicles, and others. Till date there was no system in place to check whether the leased properties were being used for the purposes they have been given for. Also the civic body has failed to recover the rent for hundreds of properties for years.
“Finally the PMC has uploaded data of its website. The Surajya Sangharsh Samiti in 2003 had given a notice to the PMC about listing its assets. The Samiti also approached the Bombay High Court in this regard and the HC in turn asked the PMC to frame a land lease policy. The PMC framed the policy in 2008, but the work to identify properties and make the list public was pending. Now, as the PMC has uploaded the property list on its website, citizens can know who is using the civic property and the rent charged,” said Vijay Kumbhar, president of Surajya Sangharsh Samiti.
The list of civic properties is available on official website of the PMC – http://www.punecorporation.org
Why is civic property list important?The civic land lease policy prevents the PMC from selling its properties, but allows it to lease properties for a maximum of 30 years.
The PMC has allotted many of its properties, including open spaces to politicians and their relatives who pay meager rent to the corporation and in many cases without renewing the lease contract.
The PMC owns properties, some at prime locations, reserved for hospitals, community halls, libraries, schools and other amenities.
Many of these properties have been leased out for various purposes, but there is no system in place to check whether the properties are being used for the purposes they have been leased for.
The PMC has not recovered the rent from hundreds of properties for several years.
Now with the authentic list of properties, along with the PMC, citizens can keep check who is using civic property and at what rent.