Lohegaon: Pride World City Builder Fined Rs 25 Lakh for illegally Excavating Holy Hill

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Pune August 26, 2020: District authorities of Pune found the builders of Pride Word City guilty for excavating illegally in the area of the holy hill known as Khandobacha Maal. Pride World City is a project said to be spread out in 400 acres in Charholi Budruk near Lohegaon.

The action has been taken after a complaint was lodged by an expert member Dhananjay Jadhav of Tree Authority of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in February this year. Jadhav alleged that the builders had illegally excavated 434 brass of raw minerals from the hill which was beyond the permissible limit. The hill is famously known as the temple of Lord Khandoba.

By excavating illegally, Jadhav alleged that the builders had violated the norms set by National Green Tribunal (NGT). Fully grown trees have been plucked out without consideration which can lead to a landslide during monsoons and can destroy other housing projects based downhill.

After a thorough inspection of the site and multiple hearings, the Pimpri-Chinchwad tehsildar has slapped a fine of Rs 25 lakh on the builders for excavating illegally.


According to the district administration, based on photographic evidence, reports generated by local revenue authorities and Electronic Total Station (ETS) machines, the authorities have arrived at a conclusion that there has been illegal excavation on the hillside. As per the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, 1996, under Sections 48 (7) and 48 (8) the developer is liable for a fine of Rs 25 lakh which must be deposited to the state government without any delay.