Ghansoli node was finally transferred to the NMMC on Wednesday.
CIDCO vice-chairman and managing director Bhushan Gagrani and NMMC commissioner Tukaram Mundhe signed the transfer agreement at CIDCO Bhavan after ironing out the differences. The transfer is expected to give a huge boost to the civic amenities and development of the node.
Gagrani said, “Both NMMC and Cidco have signed the transfer agreement and Ghansoli node has been transferred to NMMC. There are 30 sectors in the node. Some of them have been developed by us, while some remain to be developed. NMMC will now develop them.”
Local residents and representatives had long been demanding that the node which continued to be under Cidco be transferred to NMMC, the planning authority of Navi Mumbai. The transfer remained stuck as the two organisations differed on various issues.
The two new heads of both authorities concluded that the transfer is in the best interest of the city.
Gagrani said, “The state government had long sanctioned the transfer but it had been delayed due to a number of issues that remained pending. Now, an initiative was taken by both the organisations and the differences were resolved.”
Giving details of the differences, Gagrani said, “There were issues of some sectors not being developed, some which were developed had NMMC collect tax from them. There are encroachments in some areas. Due to lack of coordination between the two bodies, there were differences on reservation of plots for social utilities and the manner in which to use them.”
Mundhe said Cidco developed the city first and in 1992 NMMC was established. “As the planning authority, it is NMMC’s responsibility to provide civic amenities and develop the city. All the nodes barring Ghansoli were transferred in phases.”
He added, “Since both the organisations were the authority in the same area, there were obstacles in providing adequate civic amenities. This is now going to be a priority for NMMC.”
He said that adequate provision would be made in the 2016-17 budget to complete the development of the node with roads and infrastructure development.
Encroachments on plots for social facilities will be removed by the NMMC as we will then develop them. “As far as the commercial plots are concerned, CIDCO will clear them and then use for commercial purpose,” Mundhe said.
He added, “Work has already begun on Airoli-Ghansoli bridge that will be a major turning point in the area’s development.”