Lohegaon residents want different property taxe rate; Pune civic body to look into issue – ET RealEstate

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PUNE: Proximity with an upscale locality usually helps residents of peripheral areas gain some benefits in terms of rates of property and development — but residents of Lohegaon located towards the east and north side of Viman Nagar demur strongly.

These locals have raised a complaint with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) property tax department, demanding a reduction in their property tax, which is equivalent to that paid by denizens of the comparatively upscale Viman Nagar area.

Lohegaon locals claim that as compared to Viman Nagar, their recently merged village is far behind in terms of development work and property rates. And yet still, the per square foot property tax rate is the same for both areas, inadvertently forcing Lohegaon inhabitants to pay a double tax. They also submitted that the neighbouring Dhanori areas, developed paying less property tax, show that no proper survey has been held while deciding tax slabs.

In their correspondence with PMC since a month, the residents say Viman Nagar is developed with a well-defined Development Plan (DP). “The roads are widened up to 180 ft with all civic amenities. There is a network of sewage and water lines. Widened roads are connected to each housing society and lane.

Malls, IT parks and showrooms, theme parks, public gardens, play areas, recreational halls, public toilets, schools, hospitals, colleges and offices all make this suburb one of the most elite in the city.

On the contrary, recently merged Lohegaon faces severe issues of water and drainage,” says the complaint, adding, “Here, roads are merely around 10 ft-wide without footpaths. The rates of property and land are less than half compared to Viman Nagar, but taxes are still the same.”

The residents further claimed that while Viman Nagar residents pay Rs 3.8 per month per sq ft, just like them, neighbouring Dhanori pays Rs 2.25 per month per sq ft. Lohegaon gaothan resident Sunil Tapkir said, “This is an injustice and needs to be revised. The two suburbs have no proximity as claimed by the authorities. There is a huge defence airport between the localities, separating us. And yet we are forced to pay similar charges in the name of proximity. Residents of Sant Nagar, Gurudwara Colony, Bhukan Wasti, Talekar Wasti are all dominated by the middle class and originally belong to farmer communities. They hardly get any civic amenities.”
Lohegaon residents want different property taxe rate; Pune civic body to look into issueMama Khandve, another resident, echoed, “There is no uniformity while applying the rule of taxes. Some parts of Khese Park in Lohegaon and other localities pay taxes at the Dhanori rates. This shows that the system is being applied without any proper survey or ready reckoner rates.”

Asked about this confusion, joint municipal commissioner Vilas Kanade, who heads the PMC property tax department, said, “We have received communication from Lohegaon residents and are working on their queries. We also plan to re-survey the area to revise the tax slabs. There are a total of 600 divisions of taxes and we do not conduct this survey annually. The development of different areas keeps floating, which is why such differences occur. We will certainly address the grievance of the Lohegaon residents and fresh verification rates will be drafted.”

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Pune civic body to draft separate development plan after 23 villages’ merger – ET RealEstate

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will prepare a separate development plan (DP) once the remaining 23 villages are merged in the civic limits.

The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) is in the process of drafting the development plan for villages in its jurisdiction.

“The civic body has the rights and power to prepare the DP for areas under its jurisdiction. We will use it and draft the plan for 23 merged villages,” said Ganesh Bidkar, leader of the house in PMC, while addressing a news conference.

The draft notification for merger of these villages has been issued and suggestions and objections sought. The area of PMC is likely to increase to 480sqkm with this merger.

A decision to merge 34 fringe villages in civic areas was first taken in 2013-14. The civic body merged 11 villages – two fully and remaining partly in PMC areas in 2017.

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Crumbling houses of Pune civic body employees to be redeveloped – ET RealEstate

PUNE: The dilapidated houses of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) employees at Ambil Odha will be redeveloped soon. The civic standing committee has diverted Rs6.2 crore from other works to redevelop the properties.

The civic body has planned to redevelop 11 buildings and six small housing schemes in the area. “The issue had been pending for long. The availability of funds can help speed up the project,” said Hemant Rasane, chairman of the standing committee.

Corporator Dheeraj Ghate said it was the need of the hour to redevelop the properties as they are proving to be life threatening.

“Some of these properties are more than 50 years old. They are in danger of crumbling. The situation worsens during the monsoon and any untoward incident could cause serious damage,” he said.

The buildings are in Sane Guruji Vasahat near Dandekar bridge. Nearly 450 houses are located here and a majority of them are dilapidated.

“Either the present buildings will be redeveloped or the space will be used to construct a separate building. At least 100 houses will be built. The shifting will be done on need basis. Residents from the most dilapidated properties will be shifted on priority,” said a civic official.

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Too few takers for PMAY houses in Pune as beneficiaries fight financial distress – ET RealEstate

PUNE: A month after Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) announced beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), only 241of the 2,900 named have completed the booking process for their new homes. Most of the others are struggling to cough up the initial 10 per cent amount they’re required to, to do the booking.

But now, the deadline for paying up is upon them, with the civic body officials insisting that beyond November 23, the allotment will be cancelled as other waitlisted candidates will then be given an opportunity to get the affordable houses under the scheme.

As it happens, the application for the housing scheme under which PMC is to build 2,900 houses at five different locations in the city, was collected almost two years ago. However, it was only a month ago the beneficiaries were picked through a lottery system.

In a clear reflection of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s economic status, only 1,500 of the people selected collected the challan for making the initial deposit. Job losses, pay cuts and loss of livelihood all around have tied down the beneficiaries from claiming the allotment come their way.

Thirty-six-year-old Deepali Chavan, who, interestingly, works as a clerk at the very same PMAY office, is struggling to put together Rs 90,000 for booking her home under the scheme. She has been allotted a unit in the Kharadi project.

But staring at the November 23 deadline, she bemoaned, “I was working on a contract basis and lost my job last December. Subsequently, my husband, who worked as an accountant in a private firm, also lost his job. While now I have gained employment again at the same office and will start from next week, we are starved for cash as most of our savings have gone into bridging the interim period on the bench. So garnering the required funds has become difficult. I am trying to take a loan, but the time is just too short.”

For 28-year-old Bharati Admane, another contract clerk of PMC, the timing of the announcement and the one-month window given to make the booking has turned into a challenge. She lost her job with the onset of the outbreak, telling on her savings and now she is unsure she will be able to arrange the amount required in the time given.

“I am trying to withdraw money from my provident fund. But that requires major paper work and the entire process will take 8-10 days. I do not have sufficient money in hand as I could barely save on an income of Rs 11,000 a month. The deadline is just too stiff and I am at a loss how to meet it,” she shared.
Too few takers for PMAY houses in Pune as beneficiaries fight financial distressVishwas More, an auto rickshaw driver from Shivajinagar, managed to land an allotment in the Vadgaon project. But now he is urging the authorities to offer an extension of the timeline for payment to the beneficiaries.

“I have to pay Rs 1.20 lakh. I am struggling to arrange for the amount. I am exploring options of borrowing the money. Auto rickshaws were not plying for so many months, making survival a challenge for us. While we do need the house, arranging the money is such a short time is quite a task. I feel PMC should show some consideration to our situation and extend the payment schedule,” he requested.

The lottery and announcement of beneficiaries coming after months of battling the COVID-19 could not have been more ill-timed for most, who find themselves in financial distress. Further, they are also finding it difficult to access loans under the circumstances.

But PMC officials are unrelenting about the set deadline. The only allowance they’ve offered to make is keep their offices open through Saturday and Sunday. “Those who pay the sum will get the provisional allotment letter. The claims of beneficiaries who do not complete the process will be cancelled. Many citizens on the waiting list have been calling our offices. So if the process is not completed by November 23, those houses will be allotted to the ones waitlisted,” declared Rubal Agarwal, PMC’s additional commissioner.

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