NAGPUR : After 20 month long exercise, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has finalized the new city development plan (CDP) estimating the projected population and area growth of the city by the year 2041. The CDP will be submitted with the central government seeking approval of developmental projects worth a whopping Rs 34,604 crore.
The NMC projects department has finalized the CDP and tabled it before the general body. Mayor Pravin Datke has convened meeting of general body on May 18. It will discuss the CDP and is expected to approve it. NMC had prepared the first CDP in 2006 and submitted to the Centre. Accordingly, the central government had approved developmental projects worth Rs 1,500 crore under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) between 2007 and 2009. Through a letter dated August 6, 2013, the Centre had revealed its plan to launch phase-II of JNNURM and asked the NMC to prepare a new CDP. Accordingly, the civic body began preparing the revised CDP.
Though the new BJP-led government in the Centre had announced discontinuation of JNNURM, the new CDP would be submitted under the proposed Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). Under JNNURM, NMC had focused on developmental projects related to improvement in water, traffic and city bus service. The new CDP covers many more other sectors. Total 12 sectors have been incorporated in the new CDP. Major stress is given on urban roads, traffic and transportation aiming at more flyovers, railway overbridges, wider roads, new fleet of city buses and bus rapid transit system (BRTS). The other sectors covered are water, sewage and sanitation, storm water drains, solid waste management, slum housing, heritage development, tourism development, urban governance, social infrastructure, urban environment and disaster management.
The new CDP will be implemented in two parts. A majority of works have been proposed in short term plan upto 2012 and remaining in long term plan from 2012 to 2041. The development projects worth Rs 27,350 crore are proposed under the short term plan while remaining projects worth Rs 7,253 crore are under the long term plan.
The NMC is reeling under severe financial crisis and finding it difficult to even meet its daily operation and maintenance costs. The civic body has been able to develop the city and improve infrastructure only through funds received from the state and central governments. Therefore, the new CDP means a lot for the city's overall development and for meeting future requirements.
The general body will also discuss and decide the fate of proposal seeking division of property tax department into two parts. Following no improvement in revenue from property tax department, NMC had studied the administrative pattern of Pune Municipal Corporation. Accordingly, the proposal is to have two separate departments, one for property tax recovery and other for assessment. The new administrative set up is likely to increase the revenue with improvement in recovery of tax and assessment of new properties followed by revaluation of existing properties.