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State to appoint MSRDC as planning authority for land around expressway

The state urban development department has issued a draft notification proposing to make MSRDC the special planning authority for land between the 95-km Mumbai-Pune expressway and the old Mumbai-Pune Highway.

Paving the way for Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation’s (MSRDC) proposal to develop a corridor of growth centres between Mumbai and Pune, the state government has launched the process of appointing the corporation as special planning authority for the area.

The state urban development department has issued a draft notification proposing to make MSRDC the special planning authority for land between the 95-km Mumbai-Pune expressway and the old Mumbai-Pune Highway.
The corporation’s jurisdiction will cover 84 villages in the Panvel and Khalapur talukas, but will exclude areas under the Pune district in the Maval taluka, area under local authorities if any, and the Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA), according to the notification.

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As special planning authority, the MSRDC will be entrusted with all responsibilities and powers of a planning agency on par with other government bodies such as MMRDA, the special planning authority for the MMR, and CIDCO, the planning agency for NAINA.

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Accordingly, the MSRDC can frame development control regulations for the area, define land use, give development permissions, acquire land for development through land pooling methods, grant Transfer of Development Rights as compensation and so on.

R L Mopalwar, vice-chairman and managing director of MSRDC, said, “The state government had set up a committee in March last year to study this. The committee had found that there is a lot of haphazard development around the Mumbai-Pune expressway, there is no mobility plan, no proposed transport corridors. There has to be some access control to the expressway.”

Mopalwar said that once MSRDC is appointed special planning authority for the area, it can plan and create a corridor for entertainment, recreation, industries and information technology along the Mumbai-Pune route in a planned manner.

“We will now appoint a consultant to prepare a detailed plan for the entire area,” the senior official said.
The corporation already has a land bank of about 500 hectare spread across 24 plots along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Of these 24 plots, three are in the Panvel taluka, eight in Khalapur and 13 in the Maval taluka. Many of them remain unused.

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However, an official from the state urban development department said that currently, a large portion of the land for which the MSRDC is being notified as special planning authority falls under the ‘no development zone.’ “The MSRDC will have to determine exactly how much area it can immediately work on. However, it can for now focus on developing a lot of amenities for passengers along the expressway and the old highway,” the official said.

The corporation was the public agency in charge of constructing the Mumbai-Pune expressway, which was made fully operational in April 2002. The MSRDC has also planned a capacity augmentation of the expressway, involving the construction of an eight-km tunnel and a three-km elevated road.

manasi.phadke@expressindia.com

First published on: 23-02-2016 at 02:34:18 am
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