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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Charge sheets against illegal plot buyers will stop disastrous incidences like katraj tragedy

Calm, Private, Luxurious and yet open Farm plots with Sunrise / sunset point, Swimming pool, Landscape garden, Exclusive Developed demarcated plots with Boundary Fencing, forest walks along the periphery and that too on the agriculture land - mostly, on the hill top and hill slopes. Is not this an Ideal location to build dream bungalow? .But wait all this is on proposed N.A (non- agriculture) plot and in No Development Zone. Developers of such lands also claim Clear and Marketable Title in Emerging investment hub and an ideal plot to build your Dream Bungalow and that means Natural way to happiness.

There is nothing harm in dreaming to have such bungalow, as far as every thing is legal and just. However, is this all true? As far as pune is concerned, developers of such properties have cheated thousands of such buyers. The lust of having such property has made many buyers life miserable. However, who is responsible for that? Only developers and government machinery? .Sorry, I beg to differ. Not only developers and government machinery but buyers of such properties are also responsible for such illegal purchases and crime of destruction of environment and death of wadekar mother - daughter duo died in katraj mishap after heavy rainfall. An inquiry is on in this mishap and inquiry committee should hold such property buyers responsible for culpable homicide of wadekars.

प्रती ,
1)मा.श्री. विकास देशमुख
   मा.जिल्हाधिकारी .
   पुणे ,
2)मा.श्री. महेश पाठक
   आयुक्त , पुणे महानगरपालिका
विषय - कात्रज  दुर्घटनेतील लोकांच्या  मृत्यूस कारणीभूत असणा-यांवर गुन्हे दाखल करणे बाबत ...

कात्रज येथे टेकडीवरून जोरदार पावसाचे पाणी आल्याने झालेल्या दुर्घटनेत दोन जणांचा मृत्यू झाला . या दु़र्घटनेस बेकायदा टेकडीफोड करणारे, टेकडीवर बेकायदा बांधकाम करणारे , रस्त्यांच्या नावाखाली टेकड्यांवर चर खणणारे यांच्या बरोबरच माध्यमांनी आणि स्वयंसेवी संस्थांनी अशा बाबी लक्षात आणून दिल्यानंतरही त्याकडे अक्षम्य दुर्लक्ष करणारे अधिकारीही तितकेच जबाबदार आहेत . त्यामूळे या सर्वांवर दुर्दैवी दुर्घटनेतील लोकांच्या मृत्यूस कारणीभूत ठरल्याचे गुन्हे दाखल करण्यात यावेत .
त्याच प्रमाणे केवळ कात्रजच  नव्हे तर जिल्हातील सर्वच टेकड्या आणि डोंगर अशाच प्रकारे फोडले जात आहेत आणि त्याकडे प्रशासनाचे अक्षम्य दुर्लक्ष होत आहे. त्याबाबही दुर्घटना घडल्यास सर्व संबधितांवर वरील प्रमाणेच गुन्हे  दाखल करण्यात यावेत.
पुण्यात दोन वर्षांपूर्वी  बावधन येथे पावसाच्या पाण्याने हाहाकार माजवला होता. त्या दुर्घटनेत सुमारे 11 जण मृत्यूमूखी पडले होते . त्यानंतर  पालिकेने त्यासंदर्भात काही उपाययोजना करण्याचे ठरविले होते , परंतु त्या पूर्ण झाल्या नाहीतच. शिवाय त्यानंतरही शहरातील पाण्याचे अनेक नैसर्गीक स्त्रोत, ओढे नाले अडविण्यात आल्याचे किंवा नष्ट करण्यात आल्याचे दिसून येते .त्यामूळेही भविष्यात पुण्यातही अशाच दुर्घटना घडण्याची शक्यता नाकारण्यात येत नाही.
त्यामूळे पुणे शहर आणि जिल्ह्यात अशा दुर्घटना होउ नयेत यासाठी युद्धपातळीवर कार्यकम घेउन अशा दुर्घटना घडू नयेत यासाठी प्रयत्न करावेत आणि त्यातूनही अशी दुर्घटना घडल्यास त्यासाठी जबाबदार असणा--या  सर्व संबधितांवर फौजदारी गुन्हे दाखल करण्यात यावेत. हि विनंती .
 कळावे                                                          आपले
मे.जन (रिटा) एससीएन जटार                                                                 विजय कुंभार
नागरिक चेतना मंच                                                                    सुराज्य संघर्ष समिती

There is reason, why I am saying that buyers of such properties are equally responsible. Since last few years, purchasing capacity of one class mostly related to IT, increased considerably and they subsequently became the potential investors. Having international exposure, this class was well aware of rich peoples' lifestyle worldwide. They also wanted to acquire such life style in India. Some clever cheaters specifically caught these peoples psych and started picturing their dream world. Immediately they got success, but there was more demand than supply. Buyers were, purchasing there dreams without verifying the truth. Such well educated (?) buyers who spent lakhs of rupees on such sham deals did not bother to take legal advice before buying plots.

 It was not the case that these buyers were not aware of the illegalities they were doing. They knew that they could not purchase agriculture land, there is ban on subdivision of land, and they cannot do anything in no development zone. There cannot be a thing like proposed N.A land. Land is either agriculture or non-agriculture. Buying or selling agriculture land and claiming some time in future it will become N.A is like marrying minor child claiming that it will become major some time in future.

 So many people wrote to authorities about such land deals and illegalities. Newspapers covered the stories. However, not the developers of such lands, government machinery, or the buyers took cognizance of it. They were dot sure about India mein sabkuch chalta hai.It proves that buyers were well aware of the fact what they were doing. Had they not purchased such plots, destruction of environment, hills would have stopped and lives of wadekars would not have lost.

It is evident from the fact that still after katraj mishap nothing has changed. Developers are shamelessly advertising their sham schemes, government machinery is ignoring it, and so-called innocent buyers are purchasing plots in such schemes. Unless people buying stolen property are penalised this business will not stop. Hence, not only in katraj mishap, but in all the special townships, N.A plot schemes where there are illegal things, charge sheets should be filled against all the concerned including buyers.

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  1. Dear Mr. Kumbhar.

    Thanks for putting light on facts and I agree with most of your issues. Except one issue. I think that part of problem in Katraj tragedy was lack of implementation of "sanitation engineering" and "water management engineering". I lived most of my life in American and many European towns and I noticed that they have done it successfully. Each town in north american has "uptown" and "downtown" based on natural profile of land. They have done lot of urbanization using proper engineering principles (mainly transportation engineering and water management). Why can't we focus on this fact? We can not stop urbanization and people's desire towards dumping $$ in Indian economy through remittance but we can deal with this problem systematically. I fail to understand how can we stop cash rich investors from doing what they want to do. Making laws will not stop them because we do not have machinery to enforce them (laws).

  2. If we do not enforce laws, India will become a chaotic nation, if it has not already become one. Recently, the Chief Justice of India too expressed this opinion.
    People with education and money should set examples by following the laws. In India too there are laws only if the likes of Rathod want to follow them. 'Greed' is so much that even if they have money to obtain permissions and employ qualified architects, they would not do it to save that much money.
    We cannot accept a situation of not being able to enforce laws if we want to survive as a nation.
    As Mahatma Gandhi said, "There is enough in this world for your need, but not for your greed".