Indrayani River Flood Line: NGT Directs PCMC to Demolish 29 Bungalows

NGT mandated that this action be completed within six months and report be submitted. Tribunal has also levied fine of ₹5 crores on the builders.
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Pune: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to demolish 29 unauthorized bungalows built in the flood zone of the Indrayani River, behind the Chikhali River Residency Housing Society.

The NGT has mandated that this action be completed within six months and a report be submitted. Additionally, the tribunal has ordered the collection of a fine of ₹5 crores from the builders for environmental damage.

The Indrayani River, which flows through the city, has a 100-meter blue flood line, within which no construction is allowed. Despite this regulation, 29 bungalows have been constructed within this flood zone, and people have begun residing there without proper permissions.

The directive from the NGT aims to address the issue of unauthorized constructions in flood-prone areas, ensuring adherence to environmental regulations and safeguarding against potential flood risks.

Tanaji Gambhire from Pune filed a complaint with the NGT against these unauthorized constructions, highlighting that the bungalows were built on 5.5 acres within the blue flood line without any municipal approval and in violation of environmental protection laws.

After several years of hearings, the NGT has now ordered the demolition of these 29 bungalows within six months. The tribunal has also instructed the municipal corporation to issue notices to the bungalow owners, consider their responses, and proceed with the demolition. Furthermore, any ongoing construction within the flood zone is also to be halted and removed.

Following the tribunal's orders, Municipal Commissioner Shekhar Singh convened an urgent meeting with officials and directed immediate action.

According to City Engineer Makarand Nikam, the concerned bungalow owners will be notified, and their responses will be considered before proceeding with the demolition. A report will be submitted within six months following the demolition.

Indrayani River is also facing problem of severe water pollution, causing significant foam formation on its surface. The pollution, attributed to chemical-laden industrial discharge and untreated sewage, has been visible for the past few days, raising health concerns among residents.

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