Development charges in NAINA slashed
Project-hit people and developers’ demand met, charges reduced up to Rs1400 per sqm
Four members of a family, including the boyfriend of a 19-year-old girl, were on Saturday booked on charges of abetting the teenager’s suicide, police said.
According to assistant police inspector TI Thatkar of Ganespuri police station, the girl was in love with a 20-year-old boy from Kunde village in Bhiwandi taluka.
The family of the boy was doubtful that the duo would marry and were not ready to accept her as their daughterin-law.
Three members of the boy’s family then beat up the girl on July 2, a complaint by the victim’s brother said.
The complaint further said that the victim and her accused lover eloped, but instead of taking her home, the boy abandoned her half way through.
The trio again abused the victim and beat her up publicly at the Kunda Phata chowk accusing her of kidnapping the boy.
Disturbed, the girl hanged herself on July 4 at her house, police said.
The police gave the names of the accused as Ajit Jayant Thule, Sujata Jayant Thule, Shweta Santosh Gaikwad and Santosh Gaikwad.
The four have been booked under sections 306 rw 34 of the IPC. However, no arrest has been made so far in connection with the incident.
Initially a case of accidental death was registered but further investigations revealed abetment of suicide, police added.
Even as the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) awaits sanction for the development plan of Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA) from the state government, it has decided to reduce the development charges levied on the developers in the region.
The charges which were Rs2,385 per sqm earlier have now been brought down to upto Rs 1,400 per sqm depending on the location of the project.
A meeting on the issue was held recently by the urban development ministry. A Cidco official said, “Taking into account the opposition, Cidco, in its board of director meeting held on Friday decided to reduce the development charges in view of the global recession.”
The decision is expected to make it feasible for the projectaffected people (PAP) or the developers to take up construction projects in the region.
Of the 4,000 suggestions and objections submitted by the residents, the town planning department has been instructed to take into account some important suggestions.
Cidco was appointed as Special Planning Authority (SPA) for NAINA by the state government on January 10, 2013.
Spread over 560 square km, NAINA contains 270 villages of which 256 villages are in Raigad District and rest 14 lie in Thane District.
Cidco has planned stagewise development of NAINA project. The Interim Development Plan (IDP) for 23 villages (37sq.km.) of NAINA was published on August 13, 2014. This area of 37 sq.km. is in proximity of Panvel experiencing urbanisation.
The IDP was sent to the state government in September 2015 by CIDCO after the process of suggestions and objections through public hearing. CIDCO is however still awating sanction for it for the past 10 months.
Meanwhile, CIDCO had proposed to collect Rs2,385 per sqm as development charge. The proposal had come in for strong opposition from the PAP and the developers. A number of complaints had been made in this regard to Cidco and the urban development department.
He added, “The charges will now be levied on the basis of the village and its location with the range being between Rs 1400 per sqm and Rs1800 per sqm.”
The official said, “Once the DP plan is approved, the PAP and developers seeking permission for construction will benefit from the reduction in charges. It will enable an increase in the housing projects in the area.”