Published On : Thu, Aug 18th, 2016

State clips NIT wings, NMC to be sole development agency for Orange City

All the layouts, public utility places, works and powers of Nagpur Improvement Trust will be transferred to Nagpur Municipal Corporation within six months. The move will leave NIT with work of Metro Region only as it will be divested of all powers and authority in the city of Nagpur.

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Nagpur:
In a bold move that will see only one planning and development agency in the Second Capital City of Nagpur, all the layouts, public utility places, works and powers of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) will be transferred to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) within six months. Two high-level committees have been set up to oversee the technical and administrative tasks for the purpose. This far-reaching decision was taken at a meeting held at Hyderabad House on Wednesday. The meeting presided over by Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule and attended by all the legislators of the city and Mayor Pravin Datke.

The move will leave NIT with work of Metro Region only as it will be divested of all powers and authority in the city of Nagpur. The meeting was attended among others by MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare, Dr Milind Mane, Sudhakar Kohale, MLCs Jogendra Kawade, Anil Sole, Girish Vyas, Prakash Gajbhiye, Standing Committee Chairman Sudhir Raut, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, District Collector Sachin Kurve, NIT Chairman Dr Deepak Mhaisekar, CMO OSD Asha Pathan and other officials.

A special camp for regularizing plots of land and layouts will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on August 20, 2016. The camps will continue to be organized thereafter and the second camp will be inaugurated by the Guardian Minister. The camps will run at least for three days.

With the decision, the role of NIT will be redefined by completely eliminating its jurisdiction from Nagpur city. The overlapping jurisdiction of NIT and Nagpur Municipal Corporation was a point of friction between both the agencies and there was a demand to scrap NIT or at least drastically curtail its powers for areas within 217 sq km area of Nagpur city. The Mayor had shown readiness to develop the regularised lay-outs and plots, provided they are handed over to NMC along with rights and powers including right to sanction building plans, currently vested with NIT. Guardian Minister and NIT Chairman both agreed for such a move and promised to complete the entire exercise within six months.

Maharashtra Government has decided to redefine NIT’s role as Nagpur Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (NMRDA) and has virtually clipped its wing and restricted its jurisdiction to only notified Metro Region. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had already indicated that he was in favour of such a proposal and had cleared the proposal under Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, 1966. As per decision, the NMRDA will play a major role of developing 3,500 sq kms area surrounding Nagpur city, which is part of Nagpur Metro Region.

The role of NIT was drastically curtailed by a notification dated February 27, 2002 and only seven schemes were left with it. NIT was Planning Authority for Nagpur city till 2002 and thereafter NMC became the planning authority. Now, the State Government is likely to issue another notification for handing over all the seven schemes to NMC. The Government will also hand over development of unauthorized layouts to NMC. The local body will take care of all undeveloped layouts inside city limits while NMRDA will take care of area outside existing city limits.

Presently, NIT has undertaken development work in the undeveloped layouts. Chief Minister had also stated in a function recently that surplus reserve funds of NIT would be used for the development of the Orange City. The total reserved corpus of NIT is close to around Rs 800 crore and almost half of the fund will be reserved for Metro Rail project while remaining fund will be used for other developmental purposes.