Fadnavis and Gadkari dedicated the Rs520 crore Smart and Safe City project, which includes 3,698 CCTVs for surveillance, to public in a programme held at Bharatwada in East Nagpur on Saturday. The two ministers also performed bhoomi puja of the Rs3,303 crore Smart City Project and Rs280 crore drinking water supply scheme sanctioned under the central government’s Amrut scheme.
Fadnavis said the Urban Mahanet project will see government providing services in an easy manner. “People can avail services sitting at homes or their locations and need not come to government offices. It will be a revolutionary project,” he said.
On the controversy related to Smart City project, Fadnavis assured to give additional floor space index (FSI) and proper compensation for 40% land to be acquired from land owners. “People should not oppose the project without having any knowledge about it and should consult MLA Krishna Khopde to raise problems. I will sit with Khopde and resolve all issues. We will not make anyone homeless,” he said.
To justify the acquisition of 40% of land, Fadnavis said people will get more land under the Smart City project when compared with regular layouts. “Plot-able area is around 22,000 sq mt in layout of one acre in regular layouts. Under Smart City project, around 33,000 sq mt plot-able area will be given,” he said.
A large number of people turned up for the programme. There was no opposition or protests.
In the morning, a Congress delegation led by Abhijit Wanjari met Fadnavis. Wanjari told TOI that Fadnavis has assured to give compensation for 40% land and shift reservations to open lands instead of existing structures. “We will continue our agitation if Fadnavis does not keep his words,” he said.
Khopde also requested CM to implement his assurances. “Development cost should not be recovered from land owners,” he said.
Gadkari said the government never executed any project at the cost of livelihood of people. “People losing their houses will be given flats with all types of basic amenities,” he said.
The Union minister assured there will not be any water scarcity during summer. “Mahagenco will complete works and have started to draw another 180 million litres per day (MLD) of treated sewage from NMC’s plant. Thus, the NMC will get water allocated for Mahagenco’s power stations,” he said.
Additional chief secretary to CM Praveen Pardeshi and municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar gave detailed information related to Smart and Safe City and Smart City projects.
Guardian minister Chandrashekar Bawankule, mayor Nanda Jichkar, CP Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, collector Ashwin Mudgal, NIT chairman Sheetal Teli-Ugale, ruling party leader Sandip Joshi, legislators Sudhakar Kohle, Dr Milind Mane and Anil Sole, standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja, CEO of Smart City SPV NSSCDCL Ramnath Sonawane, DCP traffic Raj Tilak Roushan, NMC office bearers, officials and corporators were present.