The Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority has proposed six more town planning schemes along the 128 km ring road and will seek the chief minister’s approval in the next few days.
These schemes will be based on the Mhalunge model, which is expected to be approved by the end of this month. “Talks are already on with residents of various villages along the ring road,” said PMRDA chief Kiran Gitte, adding: “Villages such as Nimbalkarwadi, Yevalewadi, Pisoli, Vadachiwadi, Handewadi-Autwawadi and Holkarwadi too will have similar schemes.”
The draft plan for the Mhalunge plan has already passed muster with the villagers. The PMRDA will consult the director of the town planning department before proceeding with the scheme, Gitte said, adding that the government has given them the necessary authority.
Once the chief minister approves the other schemes, work will begin on those too, Gitte added.
Once the Mhalunge draft plan gets the final stamp, an arbitrator will be appointed to deal with landowners individually, to discuss the distribution of plots. “This is likely to take three months. The PMRDA will, meanwhile, commence with the infrastructure work” Gitte said.
He said they foresee that plot distribution will be the main hurdle. Once the plot is allotted, the landowner is free to do with it as s/he pleases.
The PMRDA too will get a share of this land, which will be monetized to fund the ring road project and develop affordable housing.
Each town planning scheme would measure 200-300 hectares. About 50% of the land along the ring road would be acquired for the project, with the owners retaining the other half. The PMRDA will change the reservations on this land, and landowners will get the same Floor Space Index on the remaining land, Gitte said.
This is part of the PMRDA’s plan to fund the Rs.13,000 crore ring road project, as the authority will get 10-15% of the land which it will use to create additional facilities like water, drainage, electricity, gardens, schools, hospitals, bus stands, parking spaces and open spaces.