Special Planning Authority for Growth centers in MMR

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Mumbai, Dec 24 (UNI) Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to form Special Planning Authority for the three growth centres it has identified in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

The areas identified are -- Dewanman in Vasai (400 hectares), Nevale in Kalyan (677 hectares), and another 615 hectares in Kanjurmarg, an eastern suburb of Mumbai.

The growth centres are on the lines of existing Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), which links eastern and western suburbs.

The Special Authority will prepare the master plan for the newly identified growth centres, said MMRDA Metropolitan Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad.

The proposal for a Special Planning Authority was discussed threadbare at the third Think Tank Committee meeting on Saturday.

Mr Gaikwad said, ''To ensure the speedy development of the MMR, MMRDA will identify and set up more growth Centers. To fund these Growth Centers and create a land bank, Rs 100 crore have been provisioned for in the MMRDA budget. To ensure overall and equal development of the MMR, a proposal to provide similar FSI is being made and to accelerate the process, Divisional Offices will be established.'' ''To hasten the process of development in the MMR, it has been decided to provide adequate training to the employees of the municipal corporations and the municipal councils in the MMR Region.

For this purpose an MOU has been signed with the Indira Institute of Management,'' he added.

MMRDA is planning a special project to find a solution to the hutment problem and provide houses on rent in MMR. This issue was discussed in-depth in the Think Tank meeting, he added.

According to the proposal, the slum dwellers will be provided accommodation in the same place where their hutments are. As on one-hectare land, 1200 tenements can be constructed, Project Affected Persons's (PAPs) of other projects can be settled in the same area. There is also scope to build tenements in the line of the existing Bombay Improvement Trust (BIT) chawls and rent the same to the needy.

UNI

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