Nagpur Municipal Corporation is among the few local bodies included for participating in Central Govt’s Capacity Building of Urban Development. The Central Govt is planning to have this programme in 30 select cities of the country. Nagpur being one of them, NMC is its natural partner in the project. For this Central Govt’s Urban Development Ministry has selected Crisil Risk and Infrastructure Solutions Ltd for preparing improved city development plan of Nagpur.
The Central Govt is going to provide funds for the project from World Bank Funded CBUD.
On December 6, 2013, a Stake Holders workshop was held as a preparatory step for preparing the improved development plan of the city. It was decided on that occasion to hold Focus Group Discussion of the experts from various fields for knowing their proposals and suggestions on the topic. Accordingly a 2-day workshop was held at NMC’s Punjabrao Deshmukh Smruti Sthayi Samittee Sabhagruh on April 4 and 5, 2014. The workshop was divided into four parts, Urban Infrastructure Services, Urban Planning, Municipal Finance, Governance and Local Economy, Heritage and Urban Environment.
At present a primary consultation process is going on for Improved Development Plan but due to election code of conduct only government institution heads, NGOs, representatives of various organizations and concerned department heads are only called for discussion.
The process will continue and after the code of conduct coming to an end public representatives will also participate in the process. On April 4, in the first session of the workshop, water supply, drainage and sewage, solid waste management, street lights, traffic and transportation issues were discussed. In the second session, city planning, land use and growth management, demography, urban poverty and slum, social infrastructure were the issues on which expert opinions were sought and taken into consideration.
On second day, April 5, in the first session, urban governance, municipal finance, local economic development were the issues discussed. In the second session, heritage conservation, cultural and tourism promotion and development, urban environment, sustainable development and natural resources and conservation were the issues discussed.
In the workshop, NMC deputy commissioner, R Z Siddiqui, additional deputy commissioner Pramod Bhusari, Central Govt’s CBUD cell representative, Dinesh Harode, NMC CBUD co-ordinator, Shashikant Hastak, deputy co-ordinator, Mohd Israil, deputy engineer, and branch engineer, Shrikant Deshpande, Crisil’s Brj Gopal Laddha, Ramesh Turaka, Harsh Shah, Superintending Engineer, Prakash Urade, former SE Dashrath Chaudhari, NMC assistant director Renge, deputy director, Suvarna Pande, chief finance and accounts officer Madan Gadge, all assistant commissioners of NMC, deputy engineers, Maharashtra State Roads Development Authority’s Samay Nikase, NIT, MHADA, SRA, CFSD, ITPI, NESl, CGL, VIA, IMA, Bank of Mah, NVCC, Vanrai, Hawkers Association consultant, Dinesh Rathi, Bank of Baroda, NEERI, Nagpur Vidarbha Heritage Society chief, Avantika Chitnis, Heritage Conservation Committee’s member, Ashok Morva, Manorama Mundle College principal, Ujwala Chankrop, MPCB’s Hema Deshpande, Green Vigil Foundation’s Kaustubh Chatterjee, NEERI’s Suresh Agiwal, South Central Cultural Centre’s Deepak Kulkarni and others were present.
Important suggestions were received from the present dignitaries. These will be included in CDP’s plan.
Those who want to send some suggestions or proposals can send them on NMC’s website, nmcnagpur.gov.in under city development plan and upload the same. In the chair at the workshop were deputy commissioner, R Z Siddiqui and additional deputy commissioner Pramod Bhusari. The programme was conducted by CBUD’s nodal officer, Shashikant Hastak and the vote of thanks was proposed by Mohd Israil.