Metro Region plan may be sanctioned in April

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Mar 2017 10:32:03

Special Correspondent,

Rs 100 crore for Metro Region allotted

Rs 200 crore for development in unauthorised layouts propose

NIT to scrap by December end

Maharashtra Government may finalise Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Plan (NMRDA) plan by April end to pave way for the development of the area of Nagpur district. Board of Trustees of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has allocated Rs 100 crore for undertaken various developmental works in the Metro Region. NIT will spend Rs 200 crore on Gunthewari Layouts in the city.

NIT Chairman Dr. Deepak Mhaisekar presented a revised and proposed budget before the board of Trustees on Tuesday. This is the last budget of the NIT as it will be scrapped by January 2018, as directed by the State Government. As per mandate given by the State Government, the NIT will work at Metropolitan Region. He said, the NIT will adopt Land Pulling system in the Metro Region and will start special green channel for residential permission to give within 15 days, and special permission for Industrial units will be given within 15 days on fast track. The process of two developmental schemes is going on while a logistic scheme will send to government for approval. The NMRDA has propose one more logistic scheme at Bhandara road and this scheme will be useful after introduction of GST, he added.

Dr. Mhaisekar while talking to media persons said that the Government may clear the draft proposal by April end as all administrative clearances have been given to the plan. The Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) will undertake development work of 8 sq kms area by identifying growth centres in first phase. The NMRDA will require almost Rs 10,000 crore for this phase and total plan of the region is about Rs 40,000 crores. A team of NIT will visit Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Kolkata to study their metropolitan region development.

Replying to a question, Dr. Mhaisekar said, the committee appointed by State Government for the scrapping of NIT under the chairmanship of Secretary Manisha Mhaiskar held a meeting in Feburary. The Government has decide deadline of December 31, 2017 for the transfer of assets and liabilities, staff to the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). The process of enlisting of assets and liabilities is going on. On transfer of assets, he said, NIT has committed expenditure
of Rs 1300 crore. The Trust has to pay Rs 130 crore for STP on Nag River, Rs 60 crore on Futala and Ambazari garden, Rs 20 crore for Water Supply scheme, Rs 200 crore for cement roads, Rs 184 crore for beautification of Koradi and Tajbagh and Rs 300 crore for regularisation of layouts. NIT has deposit of Rs 80 crore of contractors against security deposits and Rs 72 crore against GPF. NIT will give option to its officers and staff to work in NMC or NMRDA.

NIT does not have surplus funds and all the funds will be required for various on-going projects. The NIT had invested some funds received from the Government and other sources in Fix Deposits for some months. Due to best financial management, the financial position of the Trust is well but we will require huge funds for the development of Metropolitan Region.
Dr. Mhaisekar presented a budget of expected income Rs 959 crore and expenditure of Rs 957.11 crore in the year 2017-2018. The revised budget of 2016-2017 is Rs 614 crore. NIT did not spend Rs 421 crore during last year as it has received Rs 413 crore less from various sources. This has adversely impact on the development of the city.

Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, District Collector Sachin Kurve, Joint Director Town Planning Adyari, and other NIT officials were present. Superintending Engineer Sunil Gujjalwar, Executive Officer Sandeep Bapat, General Manager Milind Salve, Executive Engineers Rajiv Pimple, Pasebandh were present.