NASIK: As part of the Smart City campaign, the civic administration on Monday organised a seminar to inform and seek suggestions about the town planning scheme that is supposed to enhance development in some pockets of the city and benefit all.
Shivaji Patil, deputy director of the town planning department, conducted the seminar at Kalidas Kala Mandir in the afternoon.
Explaining about the scheme in connection with the Smart City mission, he said, “Smart city is to be developed in three ways – retro fitting, green field development and redevelopment. Greenfield development can be done through the town planning scheme. It has benefited Gujarat and can also do so in Nashik. We have to develop the city from the views of the citizens.”
Patil said the city is spread over 260 km, is part of the golden triangle, has three rivers and two national highways.
“There is need to develop the remaining area. The outskirts of the city should be developed as well. The Town Planning Act, 1966, is regional and implemented at the government level. It is a tool using which roads and plots can be developed. Areas for development can be demarcated. We can develop roads where there is none. Moreover, some areas do not have internal or approach roads. When such roads will be developed, the value of related plots would also increase,” Patil said.
He said the scheme will not render anyone landless. According to the scheme, 10% land will be for housing scheme for slum dwellers, 40% for gardens and playgrounds and 50% will remain with the owners.
“The compensation will be in the form of money or transfer of development rights (TDR),” Patil said citing examples of Andheri, Juhu, Vile Parle and other areas that were developed under the town planning scheme.
About the benefits of the scheme, he said, “There will be improvement in the standard of living, enhanced quality of life and financial uplift of all land owners. Since the past 15 years, we could not implement the scheme because of some laws in the Town Planning Act. But last year, the government made amendments in it after which the land owners will not be at loss. No one will be displaced by the scheme. This is a co-operative way of development.”
Patil appealed to the citizens to extend their support and help in the city’s development.
Smart city is to be developed in three ways – retro fitting, green field development and redevelopment. Greenfield development can be done through the town planning scheme. It has benefited Gujarat and can also do so in Nashik. We have to develop the city from the views of the citizens