It was a path breaking step and its introduction will cannot be expected to be smooth. This is what the people of Nashik found the hard way about the newly introduced Unified Development Control and Promotion Regulations (DCPR). After the introduction of DCPR, the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) rejected 200 proposals of residential building plans and asked the applicants to resubmit the proposals as per the new rules which came into effect from December 2.
The NMC approved around 10 proposals of building plans so far as per the new unified DCPR, which has been introduced by the state government for all municipal corporations, except Mumbai. All municipal corporations, councils and nagar panchayats (excluding Mumbai) have been brought under the ambit of the new rule. The state government has come with the new rule to bring uniformity in the width of roads, size of rooms, etc.
It may be recalled here that the Urban Development Department of Maharashtra Government had recently notified the Unified Development Control and Promotion Regulations (UDCPR) applicable for municipal corporations, planning authorities, special planning authorities, municipalities and nagar panchayats excluding Mumbai civic body, NAINA, MIDC, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and other authorities. According to the notification, these regulations would not be applicable to the town planning scheme area. With the unified regulations all the development control regulations and special regulations which were in operation would cease to operate.
Meanwhile, in order to do away with the misconceptions about the new rules, the state town planning department has organised a workshop for officials of the town planning department from all municipal corporations, councils and nagar panchayats in the division on the implementation of the new unified DCPR.