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Jammu: The State Administrative Council (SAC) headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik has approved the Jammu and Kashmir Metropolitan Regional Development Authorities Bill-2018, meant to promote and regulate planned growth and development of New Srinagar and New Jammu cities.
Many states in India have relooked at their institutional frameworks to address urban issues. Pune, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad are such cities which have got Metropolitan Regional Authorities.
The legislation approved by SAC aims to set up Metropolitan Regional Development Authorities (MRDAs) for the twin capital cities of the state. The proposed framework is based on the premise that “infrastructure planning” cannot react to population growth but has to precede it.
The Bill provides for establishment of MRDAs for Jammu and Srinagar. The MRDAs will have the power to develop new townships and set up Joint Ventures for infrastructure development. The MRDAs shall have a common seal, with power to acquire, hold and dispose of property, both moveable and immoveable.
The functioning of the new Metropolitan Authorities will not in any manner overlap with the Municipal and local authorities, as both will operate in different functional domains in terms of scale. While the MRDA will create and supplement basic infrastructure and city level services, the user-end provision of water, sewerage, sanitation, street lighting etc shall continue to be performed by these local authorities as hitherto before.

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