Protracted debates and umpteen recommendations later Pune Municipal Corporation’s General Body (GB) finally approved City Development Plan (CDP) 2041 yesterday.
The estimated funds for the plan, as envisaged by PMC, are Rs 88,000 crore, and a proposal in this regard would soon be forwarded to the centre via the state government for sanction.
“Pune would become the first city in the country with a CDP. The detailed project report is ready and is now going to the central government for go-ahead,” said PMC commissioner Mahesh Pathak.
As the central government is going make provision for CDP under its Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme, councillor Manisha Ghate advanced a suggestion that the civic administration should present a white paper, giving details about how funds have been utilised under first phase of JNNURM projects started in 2005.
The GB accepted the recommendation, and PMC officials assured to do the needful. The CDP envisions improving urban, economic and social infrastructure of the rapidly- expanding city over the next three decades. Councillor Medha Kulkarni made a suggestion that while improving basic infrastructure, the main issue would be acquiring land, and hence funds for this purpose should also be allocated under JNNURM.
However, the PMC commissioner said that JNNURM never provided financial support for land acquisition, and the matter falls under Pune Municipal Corporation’s jurisdiction. Nevertheless, the suggestion was finally included.
Rs 88,000 cr Estimated funds needed to implement the CDP