The Pune Metropolitan Area Development Authority (PMRDA) will reassess seven old proposals for the Mahlunge-Maan town plan, which was approved by the committee in 2019. There has been no progress on the plan for the last two and one-and-a-half-years.
“As of September 2019, we had invited expressions of interest (EoI) and seven are feasible while five are not feasible according to the PMRDA committee. Now, we have again asked these seven parties whether they are still willing to invest in the project or not and we have not yet received a response from them,” said Ramdas Jagtap, Deputy Collector in charge of the plans. planning, PMRDA.
“Once we get a response from them, we will make further decisions. As two and a half years have passed since the release of this development plan, people have had to recalculate their plots,” Jagtap said. We have not solicited any new proposals and have not made any decisions regarding the solicitation of new proposals.We are awaiting a response from those who originated the old proposals,” Jagtap added.
The first stone of the urban plan of Mahlunge-Maan was laid on November 15, 2018 by the then Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis. According to the initial plans of the PMRDA, the master plan was to cover an area of 250 hectares, the estimated cost was Rs 640 crore and it was to be completed in three years. It was also said that the scheme would attract Rs 21,300 crore in investments. The urban plan was initiated by a group of citizens with a minimum of 100 acres of land who wanted to develop it as a city with the help of the PMRDA. According to the PMRDA guidelines, the proposed land should be 10 km from the boundaries of the areas owned by the two companies (PMC and PCMC), 3 km from the boundaries of the areas under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Councils and 3 km from the boundaries of the areas under the jurisdiction of the the MIDC.
“Two years of Covid-19 have hit projects hard due to which projects have not performed as planned. We hope that work on the urban planning projects will start soon,” Jagtap said.