Pune, 3rd January 2024: In a clandestine operation, the building development department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has demolished 11 illegal buildings near Sinhagad College in Ambegaon Budruk area. The surprise action has sparked questions about the lack of prior notices, as builders were allegedly not informed twice in the last two years.
The PMC, facing criticism for its abrupt move, is now under scrutiny for the apparent neglect of these unauthorized constructions. Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar revealed that a two-member committee, comprising an Additional Commissioner and City Engineer, has been appointed to investigate and submit a detailed report within 10 days.
Residents and political circles are expressing their frustration over the delayed action, wondering if the building development department intentionally overlooked the towering structures or if notices were merely a tactic for compromise. Concerns have been raised about potential racketeering in the area, prompting the Municipal Corporation to issue notices to illegal constructions.
A show cause notice has been served to officials of the building development department, questioning the lack of action despite two notices in two years. Commissioner Kumar emphasized the need for citizens to verify construction permits through the RERA website or the municipal corporation’s website to avoid falling victim to misleading practices. He warned that a fraud case would be filed against builders who deceive citizens.
In a bid to enhance transparency and prevent fraud, the PMC plans to publish a list of authorized builders on its website. This initiative aims to provide citizens with easy access to official information about construction projects.
Furthermore, the Municipal Corporation is striving towards 100% online administration. Currently, 16 out of the 60 divisions have undergone online administration, with plans to complete the transition for all departments within the next two months. This move is expected to offer citizens real-time information on the status of their files and enhance overall administrative efficiency.