The road has been cleared for upgrading the existing Panvel Municipal Council (PMC) to corporation after the general body of the PMC passed a resolution to this effect recently. Soon this resolution will be sent to the state government for further action. The state has formed a committee to upgrade the present council to a corporation.
According to an official, “The announcement of Panvel corporation is likely to be made by next month and a new civic House is likely to be formed before May. Also, Kharghar and Kamothe are to be part of the new corporation. Based on the population of the area, the number of wards that would be formed for the new civic body will be in a range of 110-115.”
The government committee is looking into the present jurisdiction of Panvel council and the area that will come under its jurisdiction after it becomes a corporation, sources of income for Panvel council, infrastructure planning and the development plan.
Gram panchayats falling in Panvel taluka have been asked to submit their accounts, and list of their properties, to the Panvel council.
Konkan divisional commissioner, Cidco MD and collectors of Thane and Raigad are members of the committee. In 1991, the urban development department had issued a notification to convert the PMC into corporation. However, the process could not move forward due to non-availability of report in this regard, from Raigad collector.
A lot of changes such as growth in population, urbanisation have taken place in Panvel since then, and so, a need was felt to come out with a new notification.
Meanwhile, residents want to know what exact role will Panvel corporation play if it comes into existence.
“We have mega plans such as the Navi Mumbai International Airport and NAINA, which are shaping up here. All the power regarding approvals for development are with Cidco. Now, Cidco has planned Smart Navi Mumbai (south) city which covers most of these areas. With development powers with Cidco what exact role the corporation will play is not clear. It could lead to two power centres in the region,” said Vinayak Dhamankar, a resident of Kamothe.