By Accommodation Times News Service
MMRDA like autonomous body for soon to be set up by for big infrastructure projects in other metropolitan regions in the rest of Maharashtra.
The cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnanvis, head of MMRDA, Urban Development Minister, Housing Minister, Relevant Guardian Ministers, Minister of State Urban Development, Mayors, MLAs, and MLC who request name anonymous cleared a proposal for setting up a similar body like MMRDA to develop and execute infrastructure projects in other region of Maharashtra.
The text of the government resolution, which would be promulgated to formally set up the Maharashtra Metropolitan Region Development Authority, was approved at the cabinet meeting on Tuesday. The new body is being set up for planned development of the region under the jurisdiction of municipal corporations and municipal councils. This body will be responsible for the planning and coordinated development of metropolitan regions other than Mumbai.
It will be chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who also heads the MMRDA. The other members will include the Urban Development Minister, the Housing Minister, relevant Guardian Ministers, Minister of State for Urban Development, Mayors of municipal corporations, four MLAs, and one MLC.
Land-swapping for MIHAN
In another key decision, the cabinet approved a land-swapping agreement between the Indian Air Force and the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Ltd (MADC) to pave way for the development of Nagpur airport and the Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport (MIHAN) project on the outskirts of Nagpur.
The decision will involve swapping 278.158 hectares belonging to the Indian Air Force with 400 hectares acquired for MIHAN project. Similarly 2.30 hectares belonging to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will be swapped with 2.30 hectare of MIHAN project. The IAF land adjoining the MIHAN project was creating a hindrance to the expansion of the international airport planned at MIHAN. The cabinet approval comes after the Centre agreed to a request from the state government to seeking IAF land for airport expansion.
Biometrics at FPS
In another decision, the cabinet decided to install point of sale technology in the Public Distribution System which enables biometric identification of beneficiaries at fair price shops. The state had earlier cleared a proposal to enabling computerization of the Public Distribution System to make it transparent, and curb its misuse. The computerization was to be done in two phases at the cost of Rs 103.99 crore.
While the first phase involved computerization of all stages of transportation of food grains from National Food Corporation godown to the state godown, the second phase involved computerized management of all fair priced outlets. Recommended by a high powered committee headed by the Chief Secretary, the point of sell devices would installed at 51,725 fair priced shops. The completion of both phases of computerization will enable the state to get a central subsidy of Rs 8.50 per quintal which would be used to fund this project, government officials said.
The cabinet also took another key decision to set up an independent construction management cell in the Tribal Development department for construction and repair of houses, ashrams alas, and hostels built for tribals.
The Public Works department usually carries out the maintenance, construction and repairs at government buildings, but since there were delays in preparing construction estimates, getting technical approvals, and issuing work orders increasing the budgets for the tribal development department, the cabinet decided to set up an independent cell to ensure that tribal students are not deprived of facilities The Cabinet also approved 21 posts for the tribal construction management cell and the expenditure for Rs 113.90 lakh. The Chief Engineer of the cell will work under direct administrative control of the secretary, Tribal Development department, while two superintendent engineers based in Nashik and Nagpur will look after the revenue divisions of Nashik Pune, Konkan, Nagpur, Amravati, and Aurangabad.