To ensure integrated development of the city and its surroundings, the long pending demand for a Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) was approved by the state government, which made an announcement in this regard in the state assembly Tuesday.
In response to a query on development projects of the city, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced formation of PMRDA with immediate effect. “The state government would soon issue a notification on formation of PMRDA. It was pending due to technical problems in its formation but now they have been resolved,” he told the House.
According to the district administration, the jurisdiction of PMRDA would be around 1,400 km that would include areas of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), Pune Cantonment Board, Khadki Cantonment Board and Dehu Road Cantonment Board, along with many surrounding villages in the district.
Earlier, the state government had constituted the Metropolitan Planning Committee, the planning body of the PMRDA, but its term expired before the committee could carry out any work. One of the various reasons for the delay in formation of the PMRDA was the differences within the Congress and the NCP over who would chair the authority.
The powers of PMRDA would be clear only after a notification on its formation is issued by the state government. According to the administration, the PMRDA, on the lines of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), would be an effective model for the city as it would plan as well as execute projects with the approach of integrated development of the city.
PMC officers said the formation of PMRDA would speed up the development projects.