Pune: Most residents of old wadas have little use for tenancy certificates

July 27, 2022
Pune: Most residents of old wadas have little use for tenancy certificates

PUNE: Just a handful of people living in dilapidated wadas have approached the Pune Municipal Corporation for tenancy certificates. In the last two years, only 300 certificates have been given away when 15,000 tenants should have sought these documents.

Tenancy certificates secure the tenancy rights of people living in dilapidated wadas, but residents that TOI spoke to said they had no idea about the purpose of the tenancy certificates and hence had not applied for one. Many said they were unsure of the utility and validity of the certificates.

The civic body had started giving these certificates to tenants to resolve legal battles between owners and occupants. Many tenants had not vacated their premises, even when the building was near collapse over fears of losing their homes.

Murlidhar Deshpande, a resident of a wada in the Peth areas, said tenants are not aware about these certificates. “There is hardly any utility for these certificates, especially in the areas near heritage structures like Shaniwarwada. Any redevelopment of old properties is restricted here,” he said.

Before the monsoon, as many as 38 dilapidated wadas were razed by the PMC and the civic administration had sent notices to 478 dilapidated structures, warning those living here about the imminent dangers.

“Those who know about the document are not sure if it will be help secure their tenancy rights,” Yogesh Samel, former a resident of the Peth areas and a former corporator, said.

Some wada residents said they could not buy flats or rent them and hence continued to live in the wadas even if it is life threatening, and hence did not feel the need for the tenancy certificate.

“We have appealed to people to come forward and collect these certificates. It will be helpful to claim their rights,” Sudhir Kadam, a senior official of PMC, said.

Many of these wadas are located in prime locations in the Peth areas, but redevelopment projects are hanging in balance due to legal issues between owners and tenants.

Other tenants said that the PMC has not clarified what will happen when they leave their rented properties after getting the certificates. “If we are told to leave out rented houses immediately after getting the certificate, it will not be feasible. We prefer to stay in the wada without taking the tenancy certificate,” one of them said.

PMC officials said the civic administration has carried out a survey of dilapidated wadas and these structures have been categorised into C1, C2, C3 with the most dangerous defined as C1, while those which need major repairs are in the C2 category, and the C3 category structures need minor repairs.

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