NMC to bifurcate Town Planning Deptt

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jan 2018 09:37:42


Special Correspondent,

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is mulling a proposal to bifurcate Town Planning Department into two parts for the benefit of the citizens. One wing will look after planning part while other wing will take care of sanctioning building plans. This will pave way for the execution of Development Plan in the city as planning part is worst affected due to heavy work load.

Highly placed sources claimed that the proposal is under consideration of Municipal Commissioner Ashwin Mudgal for his nod. The Town Planner will give attention towards planning while Assistant Director of Town Planning will concentrate on evaluating and sanctioning of building plans.
Presently, the Assistant Director of Town Planning is taking care of every part like planning and sanctioning of building plan. This has adversely 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. 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 ground, play ground, 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.

Sources claimed that Office-bearers and administration are ready to bring those changes for improvement in the working of Town Planning Department. The fruits of these changes will be seen in couple of years.