Pimpri-Chinchwad: Bombay HC Orders Survey of Illegal Structures Near Defence Areas On May 24 and May 28

Pimpri-Chinchwad: Bombay HC Orders Survey of Illegal Structures Near Defence Areas On May 24 and May 28

Pimpri-Chinchwad: Bombay HC Orders Survey of Illegal Structures Near Defence Areas On May 24 and May 28

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The Bombay High Court has mandated a comprehensive survey to identify and report illegal constructions within restricted zones designated by the Ministry of Defence around Dehu Road and Dighi. This directive is part of an effort to control the growing number of unauthorized structures that pose threats to national security.

The Ministry of Defence has established No Development Zones (NDZs) extending 2,000 yards from the perimeters of ammunition depots at Dehu Road and Dighi, areas critical for the protection of defence infrastructure. The High Court’s order requires all unauthorized constructions in these red zones to be identified and documented within a specified timeframe.

These restricted zones fall under the jurisdiction of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and include localities such as Kiwale, Ravet, Nigdi, Talwade, and Charholi. This move aims to secure critical defence areas from potential security risks posed by illegal buildings.

The interim order, part of Public Interest Litigation No. 77 of 2006, highlights the spread of unauthorized constructions in restricted zones, including Dighi, Bhosari, Vadmukhwadi, Talwade, Chikhli, Nigdi, Rawet, and Kiwale. Additionally, several military installations are adjacent to residential areas in Sangvi, Pimpale Gurav, Pimpale Nilakh, Pimparigaon, Kasarwadi, and Dapodi.

Currently, precise delineation of the red zone boundaries around the Dehu Road Ammunition Factory and Dighi Magazine Depot is under review. A survey to count properties in Dighi will be conducted on May 24, followed by a survey in Dehu Road on May 28.

Despite the enforcement of these NDZs under the Defence of India Act, 1903, local authorities lack comprehensive data on the number of residential and commercial properties within these zones. Over 3,000 industrial establishments and at least 5 lakh residents in areas such as Charholi, Dudulgaon, and Bhosari are affected by these restrictions.

To address this issue, the defence establishment, in collaboration with the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and the Revenue Department, has appointed nodal officers to oversee the survey process and ensure compliance with the court’s directive.