The Municipal Corporation of the Pune city is planning to use approximately 35-hectares of the unused grazing land to develop dwelling units in the city under the Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna [PMAY]. The 35-hectares of grazing land lie in the vicinity of Pune Municipal Corporation [PMC] and include 11 villages that were added in the delimitation of the city in the year 2017.
An official of the collector’s office said that the core areas of the Pune city do not consist of grazing land and thus the same can only be found in the border areas of the Pune city. Most of the grazing land falls under the Haveli tehsil jurisdiction of the district collectorate.
Earlier this month, the standing committee of Pune Municipal Corporation [PMC] has sanctioned the allocation of municipal land to construct 6,264 dwelling units under the Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana (PMAY).
Prashant Waghmare, the city engineer said that the concerned authorities are being approached to seek grazing land to build public housing projects under PMAY as space is required to construct various amenities. The grazing land is also known as the Gairan and is a public property reserved for grazing animals. According to an official, these areas have lost their balance in the city due to rapid urbanization and reduction in the dairy business.
The city engineer also said that the Pune Municipal Corporation has commenced various housing projects at Kharadi, Hadapsar and Vadgaon under the PMAY scheme. He also said that the civic body has sanctioned nearly 6,000 projects by the private builders to construct houses for the people belonging to the EWS [Economically Weaker Section], LIG [Low-Income group] and MIG [Middle-Income group] sections.