The state government on Tuesday allocated 440 hectare of land for building an administrative complex in the tribal-dominated district of Palghar. The project will be developed by CIDCO.
The policy decisions related to the revenue ministry were taken by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the first cabinet meeting after the resignation of Eknath Khadse. The proposal for creation of administrative township in Palghar was under consideration of the revenue department.
A senior cabinet minister said, “In absence of Khadse, who held the revenue ministry among 10 portfolios, the chief minister has retained all the departments with him. However, the disbursement of portfolios will be taken during the cabinet expansion-cum-reshuffle in June. The final dates are still being worked out.”
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The Palghar administrative complex will have 37 departments, including collector’s office, zilla parishad office, auditorium and employees’ quarters.
The work is likely to commence soon as the 440 hectare land belongs to the revenue department.
On August 1, 2014, Palghar district was carved out of old Thane district.
Palghar became the 36th district of Maharashtra which comprises the talukas, Vikramgad, Jawar, Mokhada, Dahanu, Talasari, Vada, and Vasai-Virar.
As per the 2011 census, the total population of the district is 2.99 crore, 52 per cent of which is dominated by the tribal (rural) population.
After the bifurcation of the old Thane district, it was becoming difficult for people to cope with administrative office work scattered between Thane and Mumbai, thus the decision to build the administrative complex was taken.
There is a possibility of Fadnavis asking senior minister Chandrakant Patil to take over the charge of the revenue ministry.
Currently, Patil holds minstries of public works department and cooperation and marketing.
Meanwhile, another senior minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said, “There is no question of my vying for the revenue portfolio. I am already holding important ministries of finance and forest. Moreover, I believe one should take up the portfolios of interest instead of striving for something which one cannot cope beyond a point.”