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NMMC’s Development plan fails to get approved

The NMMC’s intention to formulate a development plan (DP) of its own has run into trouble again after the General Body expressed lack of confidence on the administration’s ability to do the drafting on their own.

The civic body’s proposal to prepare the draft plan with the help of the town planning department and not rope in private consultants, as approved in the 2013 General Body meeting, failed to find any backing in the GB meet held on Friday.

“It has become a norm for NMMC to act against the resolutions already taken by the GB. In 2013, the then commissioner had proposed to outsource the work so that it was done quickly. So what was the need to reverse the process,” said corporator Netra Shirke.
NCP, the ruling party, said the administration had consistently failed to draft the plan in the past decade and it was unlikely that there would be any development now. The party further stated the responses given by additional town planning officer, Sunil Hazare, were also unsatisfactory.
“The officer was unable to throw light on queries about how the project would be executed. As per the sketchy details given, it was said that the survey work was to be undertaken by a governmental agency for which relevant charges would have to be paid. So what was the issue with hiring a private consultant wherein the process would be completed more quickly than seeking help from a government agency,” Shirke added.
Development officials said an independent DP would provide clarity on areas developed and those proposed to be developed. “The post of assistant director town planning has been formed for preparing the DP and so it was decided that instead of incurring an additional expenditure of Rs 2 crore for roping in private consultants the work could be done internally.” said additional commissioner Ankush Chavan.

A decision has not been taken whether to approach the CM or go ahead with the 2013 proposal, he added.

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