Hard to believe a corporator lives here: This road leads to society that pays PMC Rs 1.5 cr

Sep 22, 2013, 23:52 IST | Niranjan Medhekar

For the past one year, the state of the approach road towards the upmarket Aditya Garden Society in Warje has been pitiable, owing to choked drainage. Interestingly, councillor Sachin Dodke is a resident of this housing complex that extends the civic body a whopping amount as property tax annually

With 1,500 luxurious flats, Aditya Garden Society situated in Warje area on Mumbai-Bangalore highway, is an upper crust nook. Barring one eyesore that is – since the past one year the common approach road at the entrance of the apartment complex has become pathetic owing to clogged drainage.

Slippery slope: Neither the civic body nor the society’s builder has till now fixed this 50-ft stretch. Pic/Sachin Thakare

Surprisingly, the Warje area corporator resides in the same society, but despite his numerous assurances, nothing concrete has been done yet to solve the problem permanently.

Spread over four phases, the society pays Rs 1.5 crore per year (Rs 10,000 for every flat) as property tax to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

But neither the civic body nor the builder of the society has till now repaired the 50-foot stretch of muddy, slippery road. Even in the daytime it is next to impossible for pedestrians to cross this patch, since the first rain converted it into an unholy mess.

Prakash Dixit, a resident of Aditya Garden Society, has been consistently pursuing the issue along with 20 other members.  “For senior citizens, negotiating this slimy stretch is extremely dodgy.

Dirty look: The muddy entrance of Aditya Garden Society. PIC/Sachin Thakare

Even some bikers have toppled over while passing this area. I have been living here for the last four years and besides occasional temporary repairs nothing has been done,” he told MiD DAY.

Dixit added, “Yesterday we met the builder with the request of making immediate repairs. But now he is saying that this problematic section is the responsibility of someone else who is not allowing any mending.”

Speaking to MiD DAY, Bhadravi Gadkari, who recently shifted to the society, said, “Initially, I had assumed that the waterlogging at the entrance was because of a leaky pipe or heavy rains.

But even after four months the situation is the same. If even the basic infrastructure is not up to the mark then what is the point of residing in such a posh locality?”

“If PMC and the area corporator can not find a permanent solution to this long-pending issue then why are we shelling out thousands of rupees as tax to the civic body? 

You go into any adjacent slum area and you will find good roads and round-the-clock water supply. This is only because they ‘help’ politicians during elections,” a furious resident reacted.

No of flats in the society

Approx amount paid as annual property tax by each flat

High on cost
The average price of property in Warje area is Rs 5,000 per square feet. But as Aditya Garden Society provides a lot of amenities, a two bedroom flat of 1,000 square feet costs somewhere around Rs 65 lakh to Rs 70 lakh.

The other side
When contacted, corporator Sachin Dodke who resides in the same society, said, “The problem has persisted for at least six months. But it is not that the PMC and I are doing nothing to fix the situation. Actually the problem exists because of choked drainages in the neighbourhood.” Sachin Lodha, one of the developers of Aditya Garden Society said, “The approach road no longer belongs to us. We handed it over to PMC some four years ago and the corporation is trying to resolve the issue.”

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