‘Don’t include Kharghar in PMC yet’
CIDCO DEMAND Officials say many projects are going on in the node which would be hit if it comes under the civic body
The City Industrial and Development Corporation (Cidco) has recently told the study committee on the proposed Panvel Municipal Corporation (PMC) that it should be first allowed to develop Kharghar node before it is transferred to PMC’s jurisdiction.
A Cidco official said, “Our view is that there are several ongoing projects in Kharghar that have been undertaken by Cidco. These include several civic amenities, metro rail, gardens, playgrounds, Central Park among other projects. Work is in progress in all these projects.”
He added, “Several sectors here are yet to be developed. If the node is immediately transferred to the corporation, there will be an issue of jurisdiction owing to the presence of two planning authorities. This could adversely affect the progress of the projects.”
MLA Prashant Thakur had written to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, asking for the inclusion of the areas of the Panvel municipal council and the Cidco nodes under the proposed PMC.
Following the demand, the urban development ministry had formed a study committee under the Konkan divisional commissioner to submit a report on the proposed PMC.
The committee includes Cidco joint-managing director, district collector and Panvel municipal council chief executive officer.
The government has asked the committee to give details of the boundaries of the present municipal council, the new regions to be added, source of income, the present planning and infrastructure, basic infrastructure and services required, population, geographical area, number of people employed in agriculture and non-agriculture activities, the revenue income of municipal council and gram panchayats, geographical conditions, administrative ease and boundary of the proposed PMC.
The residents are awaiting the decision of the committee on the issue and the government response. The final meeting of the committee is slated on April 11.