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Unauthorised Buildings in Aurangabad’s Satara-Devlai Area Under Lens

Sarang Vidhate, building inspector in the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), told TOI that the civic body has asked all the new property owners to produce building permissions.

The civic body has once again initiated a drive against unauthorised buildings in the Satara-Devlai area. The authorities have issued notices to 30 property owners who have constructed flats and independent houses without the permission of the civic body.

Sarang Vidhate, building inspector in the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), told TOI that the civic body has asked all the new property owners to produce building permissions. “We have given them time to respond. The property owners may get the civic body’s permission and legalise their constructions if it is within the norms. Otherwise, the civic body would take strict action against them,” he said.

The civic body has also been conducting a survey in the area to identify more structures built without permission.

“The municipal authorities are raising objection over a portion of our two-year-old building, saying that the builder had crossed the FSI limit. Our building has eight flats and how can we demolish two of them. The authorities should legalise it by collecting penalty from us,” said one of the residents.

Majority of the residents, who had received notices from the authorities, were seen complaining about the authorities for not informing them well in advance.

The Satara and Devlai villages were merged with the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation with effect from May 2015. But, many property owners have been constructing buildings based on the permissions obtained from the erstwhile municipal council.

With property costs skyrocketing in the city, people from all types of income groups bought properties in this area situated on the outskirts of the city, while developers and builders took advantage of the situation and constructed many multi-storeyed buildings in the area. Most of them have found to have violated the floor space index (FSI) norms.

There are 400 to 500 flat schemes in the area, where builders have overutilised the FSI.

In December 2014, in a joint action, the erstwhile Satara-Devlai municipal council, Cidco and the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation had demolished over 30 illegal constructed buildings.

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