NAGPUR: In what can be termed as a big step towards proper planning of the city, municipal commissioner Shyam Wardhane has announced the need to change the city's development plan (DP). The civic chief also proposed a separate cell of structural engineers to examine old buildings and bridges in the city to prevent untoward incidents.
Wardhane said there is a need to revise development control regulation (DCR), building bylaws and zoning system. "City's DP came into effect from 2001 and is valid up to 2020. But the city has witnessed gunthewari developments, MIHAN project and unauthorized construction on large scale. Therefore, I wish to revise the DP," he said.
Wardhane added that state government has made structural examination of all old structures mandatory. "Many bridges in the city are old, some built during the British era. Old residential and other buildings too exist. Therefore a separate cell will be formed to look after structural stability of all old structures," he said.
Stressing on the need to acquire reserved lands, Wardhane said separate head will be created by reserving revenue generated from town planning department. "Reservation lands for public cause will be acquired with the funds. Many land owners are refusing to take TDR and demanding monetary compensation against reserved land," he said.