Corporators come up with plan to legalise unauthorised structures
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After failing to put political pressure on the civic administration to stop demolition of illegal structures, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) corporators have come up with a new plan. They have proposed provisions in the Development Control (DC) rules of the draft development plan to legalise structures on small plots, similar to permission already granted for row houses.
The civic administration has tabled the draft development plan (DP) for old city limits in the City Improvement Committee (CIC). The DC rules of the draft DP continue with the old provisions for row houses on plots not more than 270 sq ft under Group Housing Scheme on at least eight plots. It exempts them from side margin compulsions and sets a five-foot front margin. Corporators in the committee urged the civic administration to propose similar rules for individual houses on small plots.
"If benefits of row houses are applied to small individual plots, it will be a big relief for all those fearing civic action against illegal constructions. PMC does not grant permission for houses on plots less than 2,500 sq ft but several citizens own plots less than this limit and are restrained from constructing houses. They build houses without civic permission, as they cannot meet civic norms," said CIC chairman Chetan Tupe.
"The ongoing action of PMC against illegal constructions is injustice to citizens who cannot afford houses in housing schemes and are unable to construct their own despite owning small plots," he added.
The committee has urged the administration to make changes in the proposed DC rules for the new DP and include the provision to making houses on small plots a possibility, Tupe said and added there should be a provision to provide additional paid FSI of 40% for structures on small plots so that total construction of 1.4 FSI is allowed. The buildings should be ground plus one or parking plus two floors and have a maximum height of 10 metre.
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