145 7-block villages to come under CDA jurisdiction – The New Indian Express
CUTTACK: With the expansion of the city of Cuttack on all its periphery, the Cuttack Development Authority (CDA) will extend its jurisdiction by soon including 145 income villages. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has solicited any objections or suggestions to the proposal to bring villages in seven blocks of the district under the CDA within 30 days from the date of publication of the notification. The notification was already published on March 31.
According to the proposal released by H&UD department, up to 71 villages in Tangi-Choudwar and Athagarh block, 58 villages in Cuttack Sadar and Baranga block, 9 villages in Salepur block, 4 villages in Kantapada block and 3 villages in Banki block will be included in the CDA area.
“We are going to expand our jurisdiction in order to increase our income. Unplanned development in outlying areas of the Millennium City will be controlled and streamlined through proper planning. CDA will also identify and free government land from encroachments and construct its own housing projects,” CDA Chairman Anil Samal said.
However, many villagers are still unaware of the publication of the proposal. Those who are unaware have expressed their displeasure as the inclusion of their village in the jurisdiction of the CDA will put them under the net of the city tax. After inclusion, the villagers must obtain permission and have the plan approved by the CDA for the construction of new houses.
Opposing the proposal, Rajesh Behera, sarpanch of Ayatpur gram panchayat under the Cuttack Sadar bloc, said that apart from the tax burden, the threat from the land mafia would increase. “We will present an objection to the collector and the principal secretary of the H&UD department.” he said.