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    Devendra Fadnavis asks NMRDA to speed up slum work in NMC limits

    Nagpur: The BJP has started gearing up for next year’s general and state elections with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday asking Nagpur Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (NMRDA) to speed up process of Patte Watap (ownership rights) to slum dwellers in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) limits. He also asked NMRDA to create separate mechanism, including manpower for the purpose.

    The CM, who chaired a meeting of NMRDA at Mantralaya, authorized it to prepare framework for regularization for lands under Gunthewari Act and asked officials to prepare a plan to regularize slums settled before December 31, 2015. He also said NMRDA and Mhada should take initiative to construct more houses for poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna.

    District guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, mayor Nanda Jickhar and MLAs from Nagpur region were present at the meeting. The CM also gave nod to appoint consultants for preparing development plan reports for water supply and sewerage networks in NMRDA jurisdiction.

    Fadnavis directed preparation of a policy on land use in NMRDA areas and also gave in-principle nod to Authority’s budget estimate and forwarded this before the executive committee. He also gave nod to revised staffing pattern for NMRDA and also asked to ensure civic amenities in various layouts.

    On Tuesday, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari will hold a meeting on various development related issues of the city like construction of development plan roads like Kelibagh, Old Bhandara Road and Telangkhedi Road. He will also review finalization of location for city’s vegetable markets, mutton market and fish market as well as for Wednesday market (Mahal), Monday market (Sakkardara), Netaji Market and Kamal Chowk.

    Discussion will also be held on Orange City Street project and Sports Authority of India regional centre at Wathoda. The meeting will be held at Vanamati at 12 noon.

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