Mumbai: 87 villages in MMR get ticket to development

  • Surendra P Gangan, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 31, 2014 21:33 IST

The state government on Tuesday approved the development plan of 87 villages in Kalyan-Dombivli and Bhiwandi.

This has paved the way for additional floor space index (FSI) to be allotted in these villages – from 0.2 to 1.5. This will facilitate the systematic growth of infrastructure in the areas.

Depending on the potential growth of the areas in the next 20 years, the urban development department had proposed the development plans (DP) for about 25 cities in the state.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis gave his nod to the DP of Kalyan-Dombivli and Bhiwandi after a thorough review of the proposal, which was first mooted in 2007.

Around 27 villlages in Kalyan and 60 in Bhiwandi have witnessed rapid population growth in the past two decades. “The population of Bhiwandi is expected to grow to 5.75 lakh in 2018 as compared to the 1.65 lakh in 2001. The reservations proposed for the area have been finalised keeping the 2018 population in mind,” said an official from the urban development department.

Similarly, the population of the 27 villages in Kalyan-Dombivli is expected to go up to 6.45 lakh by 2018 as compared to 2001’s 1.30 lakh.

The DP is finalised considering the potential growth and urbanisation of the area. After the government’s decision of chalking out DP for the areas, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) was appointed as the special purpose vehicle to overlook the development work.

Fadnavis has directed the authority to tab the possibility of bringing the 27 villages in Kalyan-Dombivli under the purview of the municipal corporation. He also has directed the MMRDA to implement schemes for affordable housing.

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