Pune civic body razes 45 dilapidated wadas, action against 43 buildings pending, ET RealEstate

July 22, 2023

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PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation has demolished 45 out of 88 extremely dilapidated properties to prevent mishaps during the monsoon, while action against 43 buildings is pending due to reasons like opposition from occupants and legal complications.

Activists said the civic body should continue such action through the year, rather than intensifying it ahead of the rains.

Pravin Shende, senior Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) official, told TOI, “We are creating awareness about the risk of living in derelict buildings, but many residents are adamant and refuse to move out. PMC is also seeking help from the police department to execute demolition drives.”

The PMC had carried out structural stability survey of old wadas in 2008 and 2016. The structures were categorized in three types – C1, C2, C3. The most dangerous wadas were slotted in C1.

The civic administration identified 88 properties under the C1 category. PMC demolished 45 properties.

Many of the rundown wadas were located at prime locations in the heart of the city – including peth areas such as Ganesh Peth, Ganj Peth, Somwar Peth, Kasba Peth, Ghorpade Peth, Mangalwar Peth and nearby locations.

Civic officials said the tenancy certificate, which is PMC’s one-of-a-kind initiative which assure rights to tenants of dilapidated wadas, was not finding acceptance. Only 400 certificates were given out and almost two times more tenants decided not to opt for it. Doubts about its utility, legal value and the fear of losing rights to residence in the wadas or redeveloped building after moving out have kept the certificates unpopular.

Residents said many were not willing to leave the property, because they didn’t have the financial capacity, said former corporator Yogesh Samel.

Local MLA Ravindra Dhangekar said the issue requires intervention of chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis since it is the state government’s responsibility to draft a policy for redevelopment of old wadas. He said, “There should be a dedicated policy for Pune wadas addressing the problem of redevelopment of such areas.”

  • Published On Jul 22, 2023 at 12:00 PM IST

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