The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has proposed a town planning scheme in Wadgaonsheri. A proposal regarding the same has been tabled before the city improvement committee.
Once approved, this will be the third town planning scheme in the PMC area and the first in Wadgaonsheri. Around 47 acres of land will be utilised in the area for this purpose.
The PMC had proposed a special zone for town planning schemes in the development plan for these areas, but the state government had given directives that there was no need for dedicated reservations for such schemes.
The civic administration has proposed two town planning schemes in Uruli-Phursungi areas. An arbitrator has been appointed for these schemes to speed up land acquisition and deal with any legal issues pertaining to it.
“The development of road network could not be completed due to land acquisition issues. The town planning scheme will help in planned development of these areas,” said Vikram Kumar, the PMC administrator, in the proposal tabled before the city improvement committee.
As per the proposal, the town planning scheme will be set up at survey number 11. Wadgaonsheri was merged into the PMC limits in 1997.
“The town planning scheme will not impact the existing properties. The property owners will get the land at the same place. They will be able to reap the benefits of the town planning scheme when these properties are redeveloped,” said a senior PMC official.
“The civic administration should have given more emphasis on the town planning scheme. Issues related to land acquisitions, reservations, and amenities would not have arisen if the authorities had given priority to the town planning schemes,” said Ramchandra Gohad, a senior urban planner.
The civic officials said that the PMC is promoting the scheme at various areas as it has multiple benefits. It requires minimum land acquisition.
As per the PMC data, the state government has planned two town planning schemes at Uruli Devachi and Phursungi. These will be the Pune’s first major town planning schemes in 35 to 40 years. They will be developed on 371 hectares in these areas.
One scheme has been approved for each of these two areas. The approved schemes include one at Uruli Devachi on 110 hectares and another at Phursungi on 261 hectares.