MUMBAI: The state legislature and council approved a proposal on Thursday to extend the jurisdiction of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region(MMR) to cover portions of Palghar, Vasai, Pen, Kalyan, Bhiwandi, Khalapur and Alibaug. The extension of jurisdiction will enable MMRDA to invest in these areas and give boost to big ticket infra projects.
NCP leader Jayant Patil raised concerns about the impact on Dahanu, which falls within Palghar and is an eco-sensitive zone. “We hope Dahanu will remain protected. It had a committee dedicated to monitoring development,” said Patil. Congress leader Nawab Malik said the government will have to take into account the large number of unauthorised construction in the Vasai-Virar-Nalasopara belt.
“The local authorities, whether municipal corporations or the gram sabhas, will remain planning authorities but the area will come under the jurisdiction of MMRDA,” the CM further explained. “With this expansion, the MMR population will increase by 12 lakh. We will, however, get a lot of new areas that are open land with less population. These areas can be developed for creating better infrastructure,” he stated.