The state government, in the next few weeks, is expected to take a decision on the division of Thane district. Said to be quite positive about this division, the government plans to set up the headquarters of the new district at Palghar. The division will need more than Rs200 crore for setting up new administrative departments.
Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan held a review meeting that was attended by key officials from the revenue department and divisional commissionerate of the Konkan division at Vidhan Bhavan on Monday. The report submitted by the Thane district collectorate was discussed at the meeting, which came to the conclusion that there was no opposition to the proposal.
The idea of division of Thane district, which stands 12th in terms of area, was first mooted in 1993 and has been debated since then with voices in favour and against it.
“The recent report submitted to the revenue department states its high time Thane district was divided as it has expanded beyond manageable limits,” a revenue department official said.
Setting up of a new district needs 52 departments, including collectorate, judicial system, zilla parishad offices, as per a government resolution issued three decades ago.
Setting up of Palghar district would have required nearly Rs350 crore, but as many of the departments are already in place, including the office of additional collector at Javhar, the expenditure will be around Rs200 crore. The new district will need nearly 3,500 posts to be filled.
Chavan was told that as there will be no division of the talukas and constituencies for the formation of Palghar district, opposition from political parties and representatives was unlikely. The new district will have Vasai, Javhar, Dahanu, Vikramgarh, Wada, Mokhada and Talasari. Thane district will retain Shahapur, Kalyan, Murbad, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar and Bhivandi as its talukas.
However, government is wary if the other tehsils will defer on the taluka chosen for the headquarters of the new district.
An official said the proposal was expected to come up for discussion before the cabinet before the winter session slated to start from December 10, or immediately after that. He said that with the NCP also in favour of the division, the decision might come sooner.