Pune: Builders Face Hurdles As PMRDA Halts Approvals Due To Lack Of Water Source Clarity

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Pune, 22nd January 2024: In a significant move, Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has put on hold 20 out of 50 proposals received last week. This decision stems from the developers’ inability to provide a transparent and verifiable water source for their respective projects.

PMRDA Commissioner Rahul Mahiwal emphasized that these proposals will not receive clearance until the developers provide clarity on the water source. Over 200 building proposals submitted in the last two months are now under scrutiny, particularly in the booming construction zones of Maval, Mulshi, and Haveli talukas in Pune district.

The initiative follows directives issued by Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao last week, urging Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad municipal commissioners and PMRDA not to permit construction activities unless the builders can identify the water sources intended for the property occupants.

According to Mahiwal, each proposal will undergo individual scrutiny, with site visits planned for each case. This comprehensive inspection process is scheduled to commence in February. Permissions will be reconsidered, and if necessary, withdrawn, especially for complexes where no residents have moved in yet. The primary focus during these inspections will be on verifying the water sources committed by the developers.

Officials from the building permission department revealed that permissions granted based on gram panchayat NOCs and builders’ affidavits will be subject to re-evaluation. The Divisional Commissioner’s directive arose from concerns raised by the Bombay High Court, prompting a call for citizens to voice their water supply apprehensions last Monday. Approximately 60 citizens raised issues related to water supply.

Taking prompt action, PMRDA, with jurisdiction over 800 villages, two municipal corporations, seven municipal councils, and three cantonment boards, is now committed to a thorough examination of the building projects it has previously sanctioned.

“The entire design of taking affidavits from builders to make them responsible for water supply is illegal. Water supply is a fundamental duty and basic responsibility of the local authorities coupled with the State Government. By implementing the model of water affidavits, the local bodies are fooling the flat purchasers and common people and also encouraging the tanker mafia. All local bodies must immediately stop taking water affidavits and accept the responsibility of supplying water to the residents of their region”, said Satya Muley , Advocate – Bombay High Court.