Backward areas of East Nagpur to get a facelift under Smart City

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Feb 2018 09:34:19


By Manish Soni,

Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) will develop four major backward areas of East Nagpur at par with Civil Lines. The conceptual Town Planning Scheme will be rolled out before the stakeholders and land owners of Pardi, Punapur, Bharatwada and Bhandewadi areas on February 8 at 12.30 pm. The new scheme will assure a better, livable life for the residents and the existing backward area will also be developed as new planned smart city of Nagpur. The smart city will have its special Development Control Rules (DCR) for the development.

It may be mentioned that Central Government had selected Nagpur as Smart City. The Union Government had accepted the innovative idea of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to make these areas Smart under area based development (ABD). The local body would get Rs 1,000 crore in five years from Central, State Governments and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) for the development of these areas in East Nagpur. The HCP Design, Planning and Management Private Limited, Ahmedabad has prepared a conceptual design of Smart City Project.

The NSSCDCL has prepared a concept plan on 1,730 acres of land of ABD area. Presently, the area is worst then many slum areas. There is absence of basic infrastructure, facilities such as drainage, storm water network, solid waste management, efficient street network and lack of public amenities making life of residents more miserable.

The civic body has decided to implement the scheme by land pulling method. The Area Based Development (ABD) will improve the lives of 1,13,000 persons of 25,000 families. They will get good roads, water supply, covered sewage lines, street lights, schools, hospitals, gardens and recreational facilities.

Chief Executive Officer of Smart City Project Dr. Ramnath Sonwane informed The Hitavada that the plan will be presented before the land owners and public representatives of these areas. We have invited 600 persons at Bhavani Mata Mandir Hall on February 8 at 1.230 pm to look after the details of the plan. The concept plan will be sent to Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) for its approval and then forwarded to State Government for final approval.

Presently, the land belongs to 600 owners of these areas as per revenue records. The land holding is from minimum 500 sq fts to maximum 40 acres.
The total cost of the proposal of smart City is Rs 3,400 crore and out of that Rs 1,000 crore will be shared by the Central and State Governments and NIT while Rs 1,500 crore will be generated from development charges by the local residents. The remaining funds will be used under several schemes like Amrut, Swachh Bharat Mission and others.

The civic body has suggested international standards of development in the area. The Smart City Special Purpose Vehicle has Rs 387 crore in its kitty while it will get Rs 196 crore from Centre, Rs 143 crore from State and Rs 55 crore from NIT for the project. The fund has been kept in separate account of Smart City, as per the directions of the state and centre.