Nagpur:The NIT publicized the draft of the Metro Region on February 21 and opened it for objections and suggestions for 60 days. The draft has been showered with objections and suggestions regarding dumping yards, play grounds, school, hospitals, logistic hubs and others. The draft has received 6,255 objections hitherto and some gram panchayats have decided to boycott the project.
Most of the rural citizens have objections over the reservations on lands in the plan and it has caught up to become a movement. April 24 was the last date of registering objections and suggestions on the project. While many people kept submitting objections in the past 60 days, the last day witnessed an overwhelming 1,200 objections. The large number of objections have made the project difficult to execute for the State government.
The State government hasn’t appointed a committee to conduct hearings and resolve these objections. The committee was supposed to have three NIT trustees and four members appointed by the State.
After the last date of objections, people are eagerly waiting for the announcement of the committee. The committee will hold individual hearings on each objection and sent suggestions to the state along with the report.
Under the Metro Region draft, high tension electric lines, road widening, railway routes, metro railway routes, hospitals, rural hospitals, public use land and industrial use land, parks, slaughterhouses, markets and other such places will be situated in close vicinity of villages. However, in some parts of the plan, the markets are situated far away from the actual village area. Most of the complainants have demanded to know the basis of reservations.
According to the draft, 450 acres of land in Kalmeshwar’s Borgaon has been reserved for dumping yard which was earlier planned near Bellori.
The dumping yard will affect neighbouring villages Borgaon, Tondakhairi and Sillori. These villages have held public meetings and decided to boycott the project.
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