Pointing to the need to go for integrated urbanization, Maharashtra Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said his government plans a new legislation to set new rules in this regard.
He said this while addressing a gathering after inaugurating a conference. He said over 50 percent of the population in the state lives in urban areas and more villages are merging with urban areas.
He said urban governance has become challenge in Pune, Mumbai and other cities. With rising population, cities are planning metro, mono rails and the BRTS. There is a need to go for integrated urbanization and the government plans a new legislation to set new rules in this regard.
Meanwhile, he defended the state policy to convert special economic zones into integrated industrial areas and townships, wherein 60 percent land would be used for industrial purpose, 30 percent for residential and 10% for commercial purposes.
The special economic zones were not attractive and hence the state has to go for integration of industrial and other purpose development. This policy will reduce the pressure on cities like Pune, Mumbai and Thane," Chavan said. He added that the town planning schemes for newly merged areas in the civic limits should be given priority by the local bodies.