Fadnavis sanctions more aid to complete devpt works in city

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Nov 2017 09:53:43


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Resolve all pending issues in one month

Turns down increased compensation from GST

Construct 4,000 affordable houses at 38 places

NMC’s request to waive off funds for addl water reservation under consideration

Pats District Collector Sachin Kurve for distribution of land rights in Zudpi Jungle areas

Maharashtra Government has come forward to provide financial assistance to cash strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). The State Government will release Rs 60 crore for various development works in the city. The government will also provide Rs 21.85 crore for strengthening of a protection wall of Gandhi Sagar lake, and Rs 77.85 crore for Kavivarya Suresh Bhat Cultural Hall.

The State Government has also assured NMC to sort out the issue of additional reservation of water in the Pench Reservoir and waive off the amount of Rs 84 crore asked by Water Resources Department (WRD) for the 78 mmcube water reservation for the city.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while refusing more grants under GST to the NMC, advised the civic body to improve financial position to carry out developmental works. He gave deadline of one month to top bureaucrats to resolve all pending issues related to Nagpur city.

This was decided in a marathon meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Ramgiri on Tuesday. Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Legislators Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohle, Dr Milind Mane, MLC Dr Parinay Fukey, Officiating Mayor Deepraj Pardikar, Ruling Party leader Sandip Joshi, Additional Chief Secretary Pravin Pardeshi, Urban Development Department Principal Secretary Manisha Mhaiskar, Principal Secretary Nitin Karir, Municipal Commissioner Ashwin Mudgal, and District Collector Sachin Kurve were present in the meeting.

The State Government has already issued Rs 32 crore to the local body for the developmental work. Chief Minister directed local body to start construction of 4,000 affordable houses in the city for the poor and needy people. The civic body should adopt modern technology for the completion of these houses at 38 places in the city, he added.

Fadnavis said, the authorities should undertake works of sewage, water distribution network, roads in the light of smart city concept. The issues related to Town Planning Department like construction of the state-of-art memorial of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar at Patwardhan ground, user change of the land in Dhantoli, changes in the development control rules (DCR) of the city and reservation of play ground on open spaces at Bidipeth, Jaripatka, Binaki and Borgaon and Dumping yard were discussed in the meeting. Chief Minister directed top-brass of the state government to resolve all the issues within one month.

The cash strapped NMC expressed its inability to pay Rs 84 crore for the reservation of additional 78 mmcube water in the Pench reservoir for the city. Mudgal requested to waive off the entire amount for the benefit of the city. NMC also requested for transfer of open land of Somalwada to NMC.
Fadnavis also discussed issues regarding development of Ambazari lake premises, and transfer of 44 acres land to Maharashtra Tourism Develo-pment Corporation (MTDC), provide space to Mother dairy for opening their dairies at different places in the city.

Chief Minister assured to grant permission to local body to raise funds from the financial institution to replace 1.26 lakh street lights with LeD. The Electricity department will strengthen the system and make it fully functional. They also discussed issues related to city public transport, construction of bus sheds and a land of Lendra Park.

Fadnavis asked civic body to distribute ownership rights to slum dwellers of Indira Nagar slum. The NMC should gain confidence of the legislators and public representatives while distributing ownership rights to them. He appreciated District Collector Sachin Kurve for distribution of land rights in Zudpi Jungle areas. If the other districts follow the same path then almost 54,000 hectare land will be available for public amenities. The State Government will initiate talk with Central Government over this subject, he added.

Ashwin Mudgal gave presentation regarding affordable housing scheme in Smart City area. Guardian Minister Bawankule and other legislators gave important suggestions in the meeting.