The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) recently executed a demolition drive targeting 11 unauthorised tall residential structures near Sinhagad College in Ambegaon Budruk. These buildings, housing around 500 apartments, were erected without proper permissions despite the civic body's warnings in 2021, followed by subsequent reminders in 2023.
Utilising heavy machinery like a jaw crusher, three cranes, two breakers, and a gas cutter, along with a workforce of seven, the PMC razed a total area of 45,050 square feet covering the illegal construction across the 11 buildings.
The action was prompted by a complaint from a former corporator to PMC Commissioner Vikram Kumar, expressing dissatisfaction with the civic body's handling of the matter. Despite warnings in 2021, construction continued, resulting in the creation of nearly 500 apartments by 2023.
PMC authorities reiterated their commitment to addressing illegal constructions in Ambegaon Budruk and announced plans for further similar operations. They advised the public to verify a building's permissions with the PMC and its registration with Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) before investing in an apartment to avoid legal complications.
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Ahead of New Year's Eve, the State Excise Department recently conducted raids in Bibwewadi and Katraj areas in Pune, seizing liquor bottles worth ₹5.85 lakh from Goa.
According to information from the police, every year on New Year's Eve, parties are organised where liquor, especially from Goa, is sold despite its prohibition in the state. To counter this, the Excise Department has deployed 17 teams to curb such illicit activities. During a recent midnight patrol in Bibwewadi, a team discovered 96 bottles of Goa liquor in the bag of an individual on a bike.
Further investigations led the team to seize 53 additional boxes of liquor from other accomplices in the Bibvewadi-Katraj region. Three individuals have been charged in connection with this incident.
Charan Singh Rajput, Superintendent of the Excise Department in Pune, highlighted the proactive measures taken, stating, "With New Year's Eve approaching, 17 dedicated teams have been established to thwart unlawful liquor sales at gatherings. Night patrols have been intensified as part of our heightened vigilance."