In the last one month, the anti-encroachment department of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has demolished 254 illegal structures across the industrial city.
PCMC officials said there are more than 10,000 illegal structures on the radar and the drive will continue.
The drive started on February 1 after the Bombay High Court lifted a stay on demolitions on January 31.
“As per a private survey, at least 25,000 illegal structures came up during the lockdown period. But we think the figure could be between 10-15,000. We have also done our own assessment,” PCMC executive engineer Vijay Bhojne told The Indian Express.
Bhojne said that till March 4, they had demolished 254 illegal structures. “Action was taken on 2.48 lakh square feet structure. The demolished structures included tin sheds, commercials shops, private offices, hotels, restaurants and residential buildings,” he said. Action was also taken in Sangvi and Pimple Gurav areas.
Bhojne said Rahatni bore the brunt of the civic action as 45 unauthorised structures were demolished in the suburb. “This is followed by Wadamukwadi, where 40 structures were razed, and Mosh, where 39 structures were demolished,” he said.
Civic officials said that in 2014, PCMC had submitted before the Bombay High Court that 65,000 illegal structures had come up over the years. “However, the current drive is only against the structures that came up during the lockdown period,” said officials.
Bhojne said that illegal structures are demolished after a seven-day notice to the concerned citizens. “If they don’t act on their own, then we demolish the structures,” he said.
News Source: The Indian Express