Mudgal approves bifurcation proposal of Town Planning Deptt

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Jan 2018 09:28:43


Special Correspondent,

To ease work pressure of the engineers and town planners attached to the Town Planning Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), the Municipal Commissioner Ashwin Mudgal has stamped the bifurcation proposal of the Town Planning Department. Now, the one wing will be looking after planning part while other wing will take care of sanctioning building plans. This will hopefully pave way for better execution of Development Plan in the city as planning part is badly affected due to heavy work load due to which city’s development plan is in shambles.

P B Gawande, Assistant Director of Town Planning will be the Head of the Department of both the wings. The building department will be looked after by Deputy Engineers Amin Akhtar and P P Dhankar. They have been given 5 junior engineers each to look after various parts of the city. Every engineer will be having defined Mouzas (areas as per revenue entries) to concentrate on the work.

P P Sonare, Town Planner and U V Dhanvijay will head the planning part of the city. They will have 3 junior engineers with them to execute the work. They will be responsible for preparation and implementation of Town Planning Scheme, they will also complete the process of proposal under section 37 and 50 of MRTP Act. The planning department will also take care of acquisition or releasing TDR under section 49 and 127 of MRTP Act. The team will also look after layout plan sanction, conservation of Heritage structures, and other related works. The other staff members have also been divided between these two wings to ease out work.

Presently, every Engineer is taking care of every part like planning and sanctioning of building plan. This faulty work pattern has affected the implementation of the development plan in the city. The new development plan will be enforced from 2020 and the Town Planning Department will have to prepare new plan for the next 20 years from this year itself. The officers and Town Planners of the department will require adequate time to prepare it so that the new plan should not have any ambiguity.

It may be mentioned that the present development plan has many flaws and has undergone hundreds of changes. The DP has not been implemented by the civic body and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) in its letter and spirit due to altogether different ground realities. The open grounds, play grounds, DP road and other reservations could not be
implemented due to faulty planning of the Trust and NMC.

The issue of 3,500 undeveloped layouts surged due to faulty planning by the planners. The commercial development was banned on several prominent roads of the city causing severe problems. There was no proper enforcement agency and due to many loopholes the builders and developers had to adopt shady practices and grease the palms of unscrupulous elements within the system.