State identifies 4 Municipal Corporations eligible for Smart Cities in its draft housing policy

By Accommodation Times News Services

Thane cityAny projects of private developers involving over 100 acres of land and located in close proximity to a transportation hub would qualify for incentives under the ‘Smart City Centre’ scheme.

State government in its draft housing policy states smarty city plan in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), it has identified several Municipal Corporations such as Thane Municipal Corporation, Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation, Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation, Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation, etc., which fit within the eligibility criteria of existing city with a population between 1-4 million.

It is proposed that all satellite towns within MMR limits, will be earmarked as the prime candidates within Maharashtra for becoming smart cities.  MCGM will also undertake its own ‘Smart City Initiatives’ simultaneously.

For any projects to be classified as a ‘Smart City Centre’ in these satellite towns, it should be located within the Municipal Corporation limit of the respective Municipal Corporation and should be within the developable zone and its existing Development Plan and also should be within reasonable distance of not more than 1-2 km’s from transportation hubs such as railway stations, etc.   An important thrust of the ‘Smart City Centre’ project would be the concept of walk to work and also creation of affordable housing within the smart city centre project.

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