A four-member PCB panel inspected unauthorised constructions at some of the old grant bungalows (OGBs) outside the civil notified areas within Pune Camp. The panel was constituted after the general body meeting on January 3 witnessed a drift between the military members and elected representatives on issues pertaining to unauthorised constructions at OGBs. The panel consisted of two elected representatives of the PCB along with a Colonel and a garrison engineer representative.
“The panel inspected six bungalows and has made observations in individual cases. The report will be presented before the board on January 19 and the issue will be discussed at the general body meeting,” said Arti Mahajan, vice-president, PCB and one of the members of the panel.
Mahajan said the divide between the military representatives and the elected representatives remained unmoved even on Wednesday.
Earlier in the general body meeting on January 3, when the issue came up, Army representatives were of the opinion that unauthorised constructions whenever detected need to be acted upon.
The elected members on the other hand said that if constructions were not unauthorised and that if the board did not notice them in ‘so many’ years, why are notices being sent to the residents now.
“The board should have taken action whenever unauthorised constructions are detected. Just because the board did not notice the constructions earlier does not make them ‘authorised’,” a military member of the board had argued.
The six OGBs that were inspected by the panel on Wednesday were — 9 Alexandra Road, 4 Nehru Marg, 11 Phayre Road, 6 Napier Road, 12 A Victoria Road, 10 Parvati Villa Road. While commercial activity was noticed at three of the bungalows, unauthorised structures — about five-six in each were observed in all bungalows.
Mahajan, an elected representative said, “They are not permanent structures that can be called unauthorised structures. Most are temporary structures made of wood, tin and other materials.”
Interestingly, one amongst the bungalows inspected was that of Lt Col (retd) Suresh Patil. In 2012, when Patil was protesting President Pratibha Patil’s bungalow in Khadki, the Local Military Authority (LMA)