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Process of forming new council with 27 KDMC villages in final stage: Fadnavis

The process of carving out a separate municipal council comprising 27 villages currently under Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) is in the final stages, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis informed the state Legislative Assembly.

Fadnavis, while replying to a debate on the issue during the Question Hour, also said that a notification to this effect had been issued last year.

The divisional commissioner has been asked to complete the process of hearing suggestions and objections and submitting a report on it by July end, he said.

“Once the report is submitted by the divisional commissioner, appropriate decision would be taken,” he added.

Replying to the main question raised by NCP member Kisan Kathore on the issue, the chief minister said the KDMC’s move to levy additional property tax would be scrutinised.

“The civic administration will be directed to ensure that there is no coercive recovery of tax, levied by the general body of the civic body,” the CM said.

Shiv Sena MLA Subhash Bhoir said the 27 villages have not seen any development by the KDMC and still additional property tax, which is 20 per cent of all the taxes, is being levied.

Fadnavis admitted that rapid urbanisation cannot be handled by the rural local bodies.

He said the government has already announced Rs 1,000 crore for the development of Kalyan Growth Centre and Rs 180 crore have been given to the 27 villages for water supply and sanitation purpose under the AMRUT scheme.

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