PUNE: The state government is thinking about appointing the Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Planning Development Authority (PCNTDA) as a “temporary monitoring authority” to control the haphazard constructions taking place on the periphery of the Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporations.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, district collector Vikas Deshmukh said, “During a recent meeting with deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, the idea to appoint PCNTDA as a monitoring authority came up for discussion. Till the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) is formed, this arrangement will help control illegal constructions along the fringes of both municipal limits.”
The PCNTDA was established to tackle these issues and has a purview that extends over Mulshi and Haveli taluka. Deshmukh added “The PCNTDA has a mechanism and is functional already. This will be a temporary arrangement.”
Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in April had said that a final decision on PMRDA would be taken in three months on the basis of recommendations made by a study group appointed on the issue. The PMRDA, if formed, will cover an area of 2,943 sq km and include 397 villages, apart from municipal areas. Meanwhile, the difference of opinion between the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) over who should head the PMRDA continues to be one of the reasons behind the delay.
While the Congress camp wants chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who heads the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, to hold the chairmanship of the PMRDA, the NCP camp is pushing for the appointment of deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar to the post. Pawar is also Pune’s guardian minister.