Pune, 26th August 2023: The municipal administration has put forth a proposition to extend the deadline for unveiling the development plan of 11 villages encompassed by the municipal boundaries. The City Improvement Committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is currently reviewing the resolution seeking an extension until March 1, 2024.
Upon endorsement by the city reform committee and the general assembly, the proposal will subsequently be forwarded to the state government for final approval, thus prolonging the timeline for the development of the included villages. It’s noteworthy that these 11 villages were assimilated into the Pune Municipal Corporation on October 4, 2017.
Among the villages integrated into the municipal ambit are Lohgaon, Mundhwa, Sadesatranali, Uttamnagar, Shivane, Ambegaon Khurd, Undri, Dhayari, Ambegaon Budruk, Fursungi, and Uruli Devachi. Almost a year following their inclusion, on December 4, 2018, the Municipal Corporation expressed its intent to formulate a comprehensive development plan for these villages. The initiative secured approval during the main municipal meeting on December 21, 2018.
However, the initiation of the development plan was hampered due to various elections in the extended region, including Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha, and by-elections in 2019. Subsequently, the progress on the draft development plan came to a halt in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which began in 2020. Following the containment of the pandemic, tasks such as reservation determination, land use mapping, and reporting were completed.
As the initial deadline for revealing the development plan has lapsed, the municipal corporation has forwarded a proposal to the state government, requesting an extension. Initially extended until June 25, 2023, the deadline could not be met even within this revised timeframe. Consequently, a plea for an extension until March 1, 2024 has been forwarded to the state government. This proposition is currently under consideration by the City Improvement Committee.
In these villages, the regional plan remains applicable. While the Integrated Building Control Rules have been implemented across the state, their enforcement has not been realized within these villages, impeding development progress. Moreover, constraints have emerged on construction utilizing Transfer Development Rights (TDR). With the proposal for an extension now in motion, the advancement of these 11 villages is expected to experience further delay.