The Government of Maharashtra has appointed CIDCO as the Special Planning Authority for the Khopta New Town Notified area. This area covers 32 villages, 7 villages from the Panvel Tehsil of the Raigad district and 25 from the Uran tehsil.
According to Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, CIDCO’s vice-chairman and managing director, “the state government has appointed CIDCO as the special planning authority for the Khopta New Town Notified area, which includes 32 villages (seven from Panvel tehsil of Raigad district and 25 from Uran tehsil). “After a development plan is in place for Khopta New Town Notified area, it will have an excellent opportunity for growth and the area will be developed with state-of-the-art infrastructure and social facilities,” said Mukherjee.
It may be recalled here that CIDCO had published the development plan for six villages (Barpada, Karnala (Tara), Dolghar, Kasarbhat, Dighati) in April, 2008, which were approved by the state government according to the Development Control Regulations in April, 2012. The state government then had instructed CIDCO to publish a development plan of the remaining 26 villages in the area in June this year. The development plan for 26 villages in the Khopta New Town Notified area will be prepared accordingly. At the same time, the already sanctioned development plan for the six villages needs to be revised to make sure they comply with the necessary standards.