Pune would soon have its own Metropolitan Development Authority like one in Mumbai to handle development and infrastructure works.

Maharashtra Government has decided to set up Development Authorities on the lines of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) in other cities of the state.

“The Area Development Authority Bill has been recently passed by the Legislature and the first such authority would come up in Pune then in Nagpur and Nashik,” Principal Secretary for Urban Development Department T.C. Benjamin told PTI.

Smaller cities and rural areas have no proper planning, which results into haphazard growth of the areas. Later, it becomes difficult to control. Therefore the Government wants the other cities other than Mumbai should also have proper planning system, Mr. Banjamin said.

Apart from development, the Authority would also plan for transport and town planning schemes for non-urban areas.

“The connectivity of outer-parts of the cities would be taken care by the Authority and these cities would have own town planning schemes,” Mr. Benjamin said.