The state government proposes to regulate haphazard urbanisation across the state by developing bigger cities and towns in a planned manner.
To execute its plan, the state government will now have area development authorities in every district.
The body will be established along the lines of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Develop-ment Authority, which has public representatives and bureaucrats on its board.
The region under the authorities’ command could be a city and its neighbouring smaller towns or villages. The respective guardian minister will head the authority. The secretary will be either the municipal commissioner or a senior officer of the Town Planning Department.
On Tuesday, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan who also heads the Urban Development Department, tabled a bill that amends the existing Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966, in the Legislative Assembly.
The draft bill says that since the peri-urban areas of large cities are being developed in a haphazard and uncontrolled manner, the state should have a specific authority for implementing regional plans or prepare development plans.
The idea to have such authorities was floated in the legislature when it discussed the possibility of creating such an organisation for Pune metropolitan area.
Relief for cotton farmers
On Tuesday, the government tabled a bill to regulate the supply, distribution, sale and fixation of sale prices of cottonseeds.
The new law will enable the government to ensure supply of pure seed by compulsorily conducting genetic purity test on the product. It will empower the government to legally punish any company that supplies spurious seed. Henceforth, licensed vendors alone can trade cottonseed.
However, the act will apply to any cottonseed grown by a farmer and sold or delivered by him on his own premises directly to another farmer.