‘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

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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.


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