‘State to issue GR on illegal construction in PCMC soon’
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Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday announced that the state will issue a government resolution (GR) regarding its decision on unauthorised construction in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) within a week. Chavan was speaking at the inauguration of the PCMC's eco-friendly building at Akurdi.
The issue of unauthorised construction and the ongoing demolition drive undertaken by Municipal Commissioner Dr Shrikar Pardeshi had raised public and political temperature of the area. Many elected representatives had asked for regularisation of the structures, which Chavan hinted may not be possible.
He came out strongly in support of the commissioner who has come under increased political pressure and death threats from unidentified persons.
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar also backed the commissioner and asked representatives to help him take decisions within the ambit of the law. Similar sentiments were expressed by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar who cautioned people against issuing death threats to Pardeshi.
While talking about the planned cities, the Deputy Chief Minister said, "The Wakad flyover is a classic example of bad decision on the part of the administration. The National Highway Authorities of India (NHAI) has pointed out that the flyover has been wrongly constructed and recommended dismantling it," he said.
The Deputy Chief Minister also blamed politicising of issues in order to stall projects. He said the closed pipeline project, which was to lift water from Pavana river in Maval to PCMC, was stalled by politicisation of the issue. Four farmers had lost their lives when police opened fire at them in Maval two years ago, resulting in project being stopped.
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