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Boost for townships outside city

mumbai Updated: Aug 11, 2011 00:56 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar
Sayli Udas Mankikar
Hindustan Times
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In a bid to boost the development of new townships on the outskirts of cities, the Legislative Council approved an amendment to the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, 1966, to encourage the formation of such townships through the revival of the almost-extinct town-planning scheme (TPS).

“Areas are being developed haphazardly. There is reservation for developing open spaces, schools and hospitals in development plans. Many such plots, however, do not get acquired because the civic body lacks funds,” Minister of state of urban development, Bhaskar Jadhav said in the council on Wednesday.

“The new policy will re-plot layouts and pool together such land to provide infrastructure. The landowners will get back some of the land after development as well as a compensation,” he added. The state has implemented 34 TP schemes till date including the Bandra scheme and Juhu scheme.

Planning authorities such as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority will implement it. “First the plots will be laid on a plan and land to be developed will be identified and pooled as a part of a TPS. Owners of the land will get half the land after it is fenced and developed. Out of the remaining half, 10% will be used for housing economically weaker sections and 40% will be used infrastructure projects for which incremental costs will be paid,” Jadhav added.
A time frame of three-and-a-half-years has been set up for implementation.