Mumbai-Pune Express-way Plan: MSRDC receives 2,000 suggestions

Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has received around 2,000 suggestions on the draft Development Plan (DP) for 71 villages along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, said Vijay Waghmare, the joint managing director. A committee comprising retired and serving officers will conduct hearings from March onwards to address their feedback and any objections and if need be to tweak the plan.

The last date of submitting suggestions and objections was January 21, however, the authority had extended it to January 31. ,Waghmare clarified unlike other DP plans, in this one, no land will be acquired. “It’s a development plan and not destruction plan. In this DP, no existing structure will be destroyed and no land will be acquired.”

He further said, “In our DP, the landowners are given a plan and if they wish to construct a structure for any residential or commercial purposes beyond the permissible limits of floor space index (FSI), they can. We will allow them to carry out the work after paying a premium.” The MSRDC officials believe it will help the villages, located along the highway, tread the progress route.

The MSRDC is expected to spend nearly Rs12,000 crore for the implementation of this DP — including the new central business district, which will have financial and technology centres, animation, visual effects, and gaming centres and a comic park. Mostly, the DP will cover villages in Panvel and Khalapur talukas. Reportedly, it is the MSRDC’s first development plan for 71 villages and took effect from 2016 to the year 2041.

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