Bio Diversity Park Reservation

In 2003, the Government of Maharashtra decided to merge 23 fringe villages into the Pune Municipal Corporation. For these 23 villages, a Development Plan was formulated by the PMC which inter alia proposed that the Hills and Hill slopes encircling Pune amounting to about 1674 hectares would be reserved as a Bio Diversity Park and no construction would be allowed on it. This plan was passed in the General Body of the PMC not just once but twice. This DP was labled by the citizens as the Green DP as it was the first of its kind in the country which made available substantial area to absorb the carbon generated by the city.

 

When suggestion and objections were asked about this Development Plan, as envisaged under the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, the citizens of Pune had filed almost 90,000 suggestions and objections opposing any kind of construction on the hills encircling Pune and for reserving the hills of Pune as Bio Diversity Parks. The Pune Municipal Corporation had accordingly sent the proposal for ratification to the State Government. However due to certain section of Members of Legislative Assembly wanting to oppose the decision, made representations to the Chief Minister time and again, asking for permission to construct on the hills of Pune. The Chief Minister constituted an Expert Committee (Jain Committee) to study the matter which also opined that no construction should take place on the hills and that these Hills and Hill slopes be reserved as Bio Diversity reserves and that the owners of the land holdings be compensated by way of a Green TDR. The Jain Committee went even further and asked the PMC to make preservation of the BDP it’s mission.

 

The State government is now once again contemplating to allow construction on the hills, which is much against the wishes of the people and the environment. Allowing 10% construction permissible would mean allowing along with it roads, water pipelines, drainage lines, etc. and other infrastructure which would mean an extra 33% development and cutting of hills. This would result in reducing the open space required for a city according to well established norms and also loss of precious Bio-Diversity.

Some of the initiatives & activities taken up by NSCC, Pune

Solid Waste Management
We have made a sustained effort to bring about a transformation in the citizens of Pune as well as in PMC’s approach towards solid waste management. NSCC have been pioneers in building awareness of the need for garbage segregation and composting at source.

 

Green Development Plan
NSCC led the fight for preserving the Green Development Plan for the 23 fringe villages of Pune. We collected over 70,000 signature opposing the converting the area into a concrete jungle.

 

Guidelines for formation of empowered citizens groups

Cohesive and empowered groups of like minded people who:

(a)Realize a void exists between what citizens should get and what they get

(b)Feel the need to have this void filled by self empowerment

(c)Are willing to coordinate activities and assert themselves without fear

(d)Do not have an elitist attitude

(e)Do not represent vested interest groups or lobbies

(f)Are willing to work voluntarily and selflessly towards a positive goal

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