Tiwari stated this at a meeting organized by city MP and Union minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari. Similar complaint was raised by former mayor and MLC Pravin Datke, also corporator, at the meeting.
As per a press release issued by the office of Gadkari on Saturday, Tiwari was quoted as saying, “It is not necessary for people to approach NMC town planning department for building plan sanction for plots up to 200 sq m. Still, such plans are in large numbers and kept pending,” he said.
Tiwari and Datke also said that common man was facing serious problems as they are getting demand note of Rs7-8 lakh for building plan sanction. “Earlier, applications seeking building plan up to 200 sq m used to go to zone offices. Now, all plans are looked in by the town planning department situated at head office. This is also causing serious inconvenience to people,” they said.
Congress corporator Praful Gudadhe said, “The statements of Tiwari and Datke make it clear that the BJP has no control over NMC administration. Also, it is proved that BJP does not know how to rule the civic body. People should teach the party a lesson in the upcoming elections. The mayor should resign on moral grounds,” he said.
Citing complaints related to NMC town planning department are in large numbers as compared to other government agencies, Gadkari directed the administration to sent resolution passed by the NMC general body for reducing the developmental charges. “If the charges were hiked by the government, then the NMC should conduct study, take legal opinion and chalk out a proper plan to bring them down,” he said.
Gadkari also directed the NMC and NIT to start receiving applications for all services and dispose off cases online. “Collector office should issue akhiv patrika from city survey office and other services online,” he said.
Gadkari also discussed various issues related to NIT and collector office.