Civic agency NIT, which has been entrusted by state government to develop the Nagpur metro region, has taken another step in designing the plan of the region, which will act as a blueprint for developing it.
Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) officials said that the agency had organized a workshop on July 14 to seek views of several concerned government departments. “We have identified important areas like land use, economic development, mobility, housing, water, roads, transport and traffic, remote sensing and environment as vital inputs for the plan. The officials of the concerned departments have been invited to the workshop. Some important players in the metro region have also been invited,” an officer said.
He further said that a group of twelve officials headed by a senior officer, who would act as the coordinator, had been formed in these agencies. The important departments included public works, water resources, forest, Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP), Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), Regional Remote Sensing and Application Centre (RRSAC), National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), etc.
Earlier, in April, NIT had appointed the Indian subsidiary of United Kingdom-based infrastructure planning company Halcrow as the consultant for metro region plan. Later on, other consultants – HCPDPM, CRISIL and Knight Frank – were roped in to form a consortium.
The officer said that NIT’s consultants would present the plan prepared so far, to the invitees. It would be followed by a discussion on the key areas involving NIT officials, the representatives of consultants and the officers of concerned departments. The next key steps would be finalized at the conclusion of the workshop.
NIT is considering developing the metro region through a variety of schemes, including land pooling, colonizer pattern, implementing the existing policy using government funds and public private partnership (PPP) model. NIT will provide all amenities including water, roads and sewer lines in areas covered under the schemes.
It has done land use survey, demographic study and future potential study of the region till 2008 and has all khasra and village maps. The information pertaining to development between 2008 and 2011 is being obtained from district collector and incorporated. NIT has also developed some areas in Kamptee and Wadi through schemes.