In a bid to control the misuse of rented out shops and properties, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to introduce an e-auction system. Officials have shared that rent from these properties is one of the key sources of revenue for the civic body. However, factors such as illegal occupancy, political interference and delay in recuperating rents while allotting these structures have led to their mismanagement.
Presently, the civic body has 17,000 municipal properties including buildings, land, machinery, acquired land and buildings, furniture, electric and office equipment, roads, vehicles and street-poles and its allocation is done through a tendering process.
The civic activists time and again have alleged that the PMC has failed to recuperate rent of a large number of properties for years. According to Anil Mule, Head, Land and Estate Department, PMC, an online auction would reduce manual intervention and technical complexities involved in the bidding process while simultaneously making the process more transparent.
The e-auction project is currently at the initial stage and would be announced once all the permissions are received, adds Mule. Surajya Sangharsh Samiti, a Citizens’ forum had criticised the civic body’s move stating that e-auctioning properties on rent is not the ultimate solution. It further added the PMC has not kept track of most of the properties owned by it and no data related to them is available.
It is to be noted that the Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) has also conducted an e-auction of 10 prime plots. The activity was a part of the development authority’s land monetisation model to raise funds for infrastructure projects.
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