Nagpur: Urban Development Department, Government of Maharashtra has invited suggestions & objections on proposed modification in Regulation 14 of Development Control Regulations 2000 of Nagpur which is in respect of “Land use classification and uses permitted” in regards to Industrial land/plots in city vide Notice No. TPS-2413/383/CR-175/2013/UD-9, dated 18th January 2016 under Section 37 of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966.
Accordingly a delegation of Vidarbha Taxpayers Association (VTA) led by its president J. P. Sharma met Joint Director Town Planning N. S. Adhari and submitted suggestions objections orally as well as in writing. VTA also dispatched copy of such suggestions objections to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis too.
Tejinder Singh Renu, secretary of VTA argued that development plan of Nagpur & DCR were approved in the year 2000 and over the period time city has expanded all sides, whereby majority of such Industrial Areas are now surrounded by residential usage, which should be converted into residential or commercial use to match city’s rising demand.
VTA suggested that, majority of developed Industrial plots have been developed as per N.2.8(c) provision of DCR, hence the same should be re-introduced whereby mixed user is permitted. Furthermore, law of Estoppel also comes to the rescue of the these leaseholders who have been religiously paying ground rent, corporation & other taxes, etc on their plots since their allotment. Many lease holders keep their plots for development taking into consideration their future requirements of children education, marriage, family partition, etc, but with latest amendments in DCR their dreams have been shattered and now many are feeling unsecured and are worried of the future.
Renu also submitted that, these Industrial Plots are dealt marginally low in price while trading, hence when developed the product sold is low in cost as compared to other market areas, thereby fulfilling very important requirement of Affordable Housing for the region. Accordingly VTA also submitted its suggestions in proposed Regulation No. 14.2.1(b) & 14.2.1(b)(i) of the DCR 2000.
VTA requested State Government that taking these grounds into consideration such industrial plots needs to be dealt in the format so suggested which is in larger interest of the society as well as the leaseholders of such plots. VTA’s proposal is beneficial to landholders as well as NMC / NIT as we have taken appropriate care on revenue part too.
Joint Director Town Planning N. S. Adhari appreciated the suggestions submitted by VTA and assured that he’ll go through the memorandum in detail and submit his recommendations to the government accordingly.
Also present in the VTA delegation were Hemant Trivedi – Joint Secretary and executive body member Amarjeet Singh Chawla and Saqib Parekh.