Cluster scheme takes shape in Thane, draft to be ready soon

Civic officials to conduct ground-level survey of the available amenities in each area

mumbai Updated: Jan 21, 2018 00:38 IST
Megha Pol
Megha Pol
Hindustan Times
The cluster scheme is expected to change the face of Thane. (HT FILE)

The first phase of the cluster development project, which focuses on drafting the Urban Renewal Plan (URP) for the clusters in the city, is slated to be completed by the end of January or first week of February. The first phase will define the boundaries of URPs following which in the second phase, the residents will be given the first preference to come forward for development of the cluster. The cluster scheme is expected to change the face of Thane and transform it into a planned city.

The URP will be drafted after a ground-level survey of the available amenities in each area and the amenities required after developing the area under cluster scheme. As per the scheme, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will form a URP for small clusters, which will be akin to a Development Plan (DP) of the area. Each cluster will have a minimum area of 10,000 square metres for development.

Pramod Nimbalkar, acting assistant director, town planning, said, “Till date we were in the general planning stage of the cluster scheme. We have now decided to undertake a ground-level assessment of the clusters under the scheme. This means assessing the socio-economic requirement of each area. We will note the existing amenities of each of the areas including schools, playgrounds, markets, sewage, solid waste management and primary healthcare among others.”

Based on this data, authorities will take note of amenities that each area needs when the region is developed in the future. Accordingly, the URP will be defined for each of the clusters. An officer requesting anonymity said, “In the meeting held on Friday, the engineers and ward officers of each of the wards were given a form to fill, which has a list of these amenities. This URP will be ready by the end of January or latest by first week of February. This is the first phase of the cluster development project, in the second phase this URP will be published.”

The corporation will invite the residents of these areas to come forward for developing their own area. “We will give the first preference to the residents to develop the area and in case they do not come forward, different government agencies like Mhada or MMRDA among others can work out the scheme,” the officer said.

The high court lifted the stay on the cluster development scheme for Thane in June last year. The state issued a notification on cluster development, immediately following which the corporation appointed a consultant to draft the URPs.

“This type of cluster development scheme is being implemented for the first time in India. The scheme for Mumbai is for old cess buildings, while in Thane the cluster scheme is to develop the unplanned settlements into planned settlements,” the officer added.

First Published: Jan 21, 2018 00:38 IST