Both houses of the Maharashtra legislature, on June 20, 2019, approved a proposal to bring parts of Palghar and Raigad districts under the jurisdiction of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The state cabinet had taken the decision, to expand the MMRDA’s jurisdiction by 2,000 sq kms, in February 2019. The resolution to expand the jurisdiction was tabled in both, the legislative assembly and the legislative council, by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The Authority is executing several infrastructure projects in these areas, including the Surya river water supply scheme and a multi-modal transport corridor, Fadnavis later said on Twitter. The expansion of MMRDA jurisdiction will not affect the powers of local gram panchayats, municipal councils and municipal corporations, he said.
“MMRDA is not a bank to keep money (to keep unused funds). We took this decision to unlock (its) potential for implementing huge development works. For the first time, several works are in progress in the MMR (Mumbai Metropolitan Region) area,”Fadnavis said. “We will consider and take into account all the suggestions for further expansion of the MMRDA,” the chief minister added.
Speaking to reporters, minister of state for urban development Yogesh Sagar said the entire Palghar tehsil and parts of Vasai in Palghar district and parts of Panvel, Pen, Khalapur and Alibag tehsils of Raigad, excluding ‘scheduled areas’, will be incorporated in the MMRDA. “There has to be a balanced and speedy development of the projects in the region, such as the Trans-harbour Link and Navi Mumbai International Airport. The MMRDA will be the planning authority of the region,” the minister added.