Nagpur Metro: Maharashtra Govt clears Draft Plan for Nagpur Metro Project

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Nagpur: Maharashtra state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cleared the draft plan of Nagpur Metropolitan Area (NMA) at a meeting held on Saturday. The draft will be published by the government in a few days and made public.

Citizens will get an opportunity to submit suggestions and objections for 60 days. After taking these comments into consideration the final plan will be published. The development of the metro region will take place as per the plan. While the Nagpur Metropolitan Area Development Authority (NMADA) is yet to be formally constituted, the CM held the meeting of its members.

The government has ordered divisional commissioner Anup Kumar to hold elections to Nagpur Metropolitan Area Development Committee (NMAPC) by March 31. Kumar told that Nagpur district collector will be the returning officer and the election process will take four weeks and likely to be held by February end.

NMAPC, comprising officers, MPs, MLAs and NMC corporators, councillors of municipal council and Nagpur zilla parishad members will finalize the development plan of NMA. It will be headed by the CM.

Addressing the media after the meeting, Fadnavis said that the metro area land will be used for thirteen purposes. “Eight will be for urban and five for rural areas. In urban areas, more than 50% land will be for residential purposes followed by transport (16.9%) and industrial (13.4%). Only 1.15% will be for commercial purposes. The transport area is so big because all roads and railways come under it. In rural area, 54% is for agricultural. Our metro area has 14.25% forested land. This has a tourism potential,” he said.

“The development of metro area will be done on the basis of this plan for coming 20 years. The requirements of the area for coming 50 years have been taken into account. An investment of Rs 41,215 crore will be made in the metro area over the years,” the CM said.

Fadnavis claimed that land acquisition will not be a problem because land pooling will be done. “Funds will not be a problem as NMADA will collect development charges. This will help it in getting loans too. It can also use transfer of development rights (TDR), accommodation reservation and public-private partnership (PPP) for developing the metro area,” he added.

The area of NMA is 3,567 square kilometre. Some urban areas falling within it have been excluded from NMA jurisdiction. They are: Nagpur, Kalmeshwar, Mahadula, Koradi, Kamptee, Mouda and Mihan. The population of metro area in 2011 was 10.3 lakh. It is expected to reach 17 lakh by 2032.

Fresh line of action

  • Draft plan will be published within a few days
  • Citizens can give suggestions and objection regarding it for 60 days
  • The final plan will be made by NMAPC
  • NMAPC elections will be held in February or March
  • NMAPC will have NMC corporators, ZP members and members of municipal councils
  • The development of NMA will be done for coming 20 years on the basis of the plan
  • The plan will be made on the basis of requirements of the area in coming 50 years
  • It will require an investment of Rs41,000 crore
  • NIT will soon become NMADA

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