First big survey records illegal realty chaos, pins few violators
Of the 32,408 buildings surveyed, 876 were found to be violating rules
Dec 03, 2014
Source : The Times of India


PUNE: A month after a five-storied illegal building collapsed in Narhe Ambegaon, highlighting the brazen disregard for rules on the city's fringes, the district collectorate on Tuesday released data of the month-long survey of such buildings it carried out in fringe villages of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad.

Of the 32,408 buildings surveyed, 876 were found to be violating rules, mainly deviating from the sanctioned plan and undertaking additional construction. A whopping 27,407 buildings were found without relevant documents. While the survey's findings appear to give a conservative estimate of the large-scale illegal realty boom on the fringes, it is nonetheless the first such extensive survey being undertaken by the district administration to document the chaos the merger plan of fringe villages with the civic limits has unleashed.

As many as 149 teams have fanned out to 600 villages on the fringes of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad to carry out the survey. The teams are visiting buildings, meeting owners and housing societies and checking the building's documents.

Addressing a news conference here on Tuesday, district collector Saurabh Rao said "The survey is still underway. We are collecting huge data of every building that was built after 2009. Work is being monitored on a daily basis. For now, we are focusing on fringe areas of the city. The teams are working all through the day to collect the data on the basis of which the administration will be able to categorise buildings as legal and illegal."

Rao said that 4,120 buildings had all the relevant documents. He said, "Notices were issued in 2,300 cases for incomplete documents and replies received from 261."

A team of three tehsildars will monitor the work of issuing notices and scrutinising replies. Each team has received guidelines from the College of Engineering Pune on checking structural stability of buildings. Structural audit of buildings found with major lapses will be suggested.

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