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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The tragic case of Baner Balewadi Flat Owners

The Bombay High Court today came down heavily on the Pune Municipal Corporation for giving permissions to builders to construct buildings without creating the necessary infrastructure - in Baner Balewadi:

Baner Balewadi in Pune Municipal Corporation — No Basic Urban Infrastructure

According to the news in IndiaToday, the issue - a public interest litigation - that had been raised by - Amol - Balwadkar pertained to Baner and Balewadi areas of Pune where indiscriminate construction has been happening in the recent time.

Balwadkar's lawyer Anurag Jain had contended that without roads, water supply, occupation certificates are also given while people take heavy home loans to get a roof over their head only to realise later that they have to pay heavy society charge as the buildings do not have water supply.

"Heavy expenditure is borne by most of the building societies to get water tankers," Jain told the bench.

Justice Kulkarni noting this issue said, "You (corporation) are mainly interested in indiscriminate revenue. Before you have skyscrapers, why can't you get basic infrastructure in place?"

Chief Justice Chellur asked, "If you collect the money from the builders, by the time they finish construction why can't you provide water pipelines?"

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Baner-Balewadi has a population of over two lakh people, contributing over Rs 800 crore over eight years in the form of development charges, taxes, surcharges, property tax, land dealings, stamp duty registration charges and more, revealed to them via documents received under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Yet, PMC has not built a single public toilet in the area over this period of time. Moreover, basics like roads, waste disposal systems, water supply, vegetable markets, playgrounds, gardens, civic hospitals, good schools, police stations, etc. are also lacking.

On top of this, there is no fire station around and residents depend on Aundh or Pimpri-Chinchwad fire station in case of emergency.

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  1. We need Urban development Act in Maharashtra like Gujarat.

  2. This decision by Bombay HC indeed needs to be appreciated. However, what we need to see is why this case happened at first place. It was mainly due to 3 reasons -

    1. Earlier PMC was run by CONgress-NCP from where most of builders belong to or are agent of these politicians. Their motto was simple, build anything, anywhere & get things regularised by PMC or get sanctions from PMC by giving affidavits to PMC.
    Water affidavits is good example as how PMC shook away it's responsibility while giving sanctions to builders.

    2. Lot of investors/hoarders & black money pumped into real estate, thus no matter which project was launched where, it was getting sold as what mattered was appreciation of prices of flats, not the improvement of infra.

    3. Naive flat buyers, mostly IT yedas went & purchased flat from these crook builders, hoarders based on proposed road, proposed PMC limits, proposed ring road, proposed waterline, proposed stone, proposed brick etc.

    All of these issues would have stopped had flat buyers refused to buy flat without proper infra availability. It was fear & greed of flat buyers which led them to buy flat in jungle, on mountain, in valley......

    Builder, hoarders are there to make money, these crooks don't even deliver good quality flat on time, how can they provide infra outside their project ?

    Do people buy car without engine or a mobile phone without battery ? So why buy a flat without Bipasa (Bijlee, paani, sadak) ?

    If people stop buying flats without infra, builders will be forced to build only in areas where infra is there or get infra done before selling flats.
    Awareness of flat buyers is the key, then no matter what builders, hoarders do, you will be always safe.

    1. "All of these issues would have stopped had flat buyers refused to buy flat without proper infra availability. It was fear & greed of flat buyers which led them to buy flat in jungle, on mountain, in valley......" - Very True, TheMonk.

  3. Correctly said Ravi and theMonk fear ,greed and I would say peer pressure which leads to buying unnecessary things

  4. Good One Ravi, Some times Replies are very informative than the blog :-P