NASHIK: The civic body’s proposal for granting higher Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) to acquire land for Sadhugram is awaiting the state government’s approval for five months.
During the February 21 Kumbh Mela review meeting, municipal commissioner Praveen Gedam had urged chief minister Devendra Fadanvis to approve the Nashik Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) proposal of granting 6 TDR for land acquisition for Sadhugram at the earliest. The CM had also favoured acquisition of land for Sadhugram on a permanent basis before the next Kumbh. But the civic body is yet to get an approval to its proposal.
Speaking to TOI, a senior official from the town planning department of the municipal corporation said, “According to the state government’s suggestions, the civic body had at its general body meeting passed a resolution for granting attractive TDR for land acquisition for Sadhugram. Following this, we had invited suggestion and objections from the owners of the land-affected persons and conducted a hearing on the objections. We had then sent the proposal to the state government, seeking its approval. An attractive 6 TDR will help the municipal corporation get the land free of cost. But we are yet to get an approval from the state government.”
Sadhugram is at Tapovan where sadhus are accommodated during Kumbh Mela held every 12 years in Nashik. At present, 1 TDR is permissible in the city. On November 1 last year, the general body of the NMC had decided to grant 6 TDR for acquisition of the land for Sadhugram to attract land owners to surrender their land. The special incentive of higher TDR for Sadhugram is to be known as Sinhastha TDRs and such an amendment is to be made in the Development Control (DC) rules of the city following the state government’s approval.
A plot is reserved for the civic body to provide civic amenities such as roads, gardens and playgrounds. The civic body acquires land by two ways — either by paying the cost of land to the owners, or against the TDR. Present TDR rates are too less and as a result landowners or farmers object to surrender their plots to the civic body. As a result, the civic body has to spend crores if it has to acquire land by paying the money. A higher TDR of 6 is expected to help the civic body convince owners to surrender their plots for Sadhugram.
Kumbh Mela is beginning in July this year. Around three lakh sadhus and 75 lakh people across the country are expected to visit to the city during the event. Around 323 acres of land have been identified for Sadhugram. Of this, 54 acres has been acquired by the municipal corporation. The remaining 269 acres have been reserved for Sadhugram at Tapovan.