Mumbai, Apr 9 (PTI) The Maharashtra government would develop historic Raigad fort in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said today.

He said an MoU would be signed soon for the purpose with the ASI and the state Public Works Department (PWD).

Raigad is a hill fort situated in Raigad district.

Chhatrapati Shivaji built this fort and made it his capital in 1674 when he was crowned as the king of a Maratha Kingdom.

Fadnavis today called on Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Delhi to discuss various pending issues, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a statement.

Many important decisions were taken during the meeting, also attended by Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje, and secretaries of various departments.

“Development of the Raigad fort will be undertaken in collaboration with PWD and the ASI to expedite the work. The Maharashtra government has sanctioned Rs 606 crore for conservation, restoration and development of tourism amenities. An MoU will be signed shortly for this work,” it said.

Union Cabinet will soon approve the decision to provide financial assistance for completion of over 100 pending irrigation projects in those districts in Maharashtra that are affected by agrarian distress, under the Baliraja Chetna Abhiyan.

Currently, these projects are funded by the state government.

The state government has also decided to make slums upto 2011 eligible for redevelopment, the statement said.

The Maharashtra Slum Areas Bill 2017 was passed in the state legislature.

“Fadnavis requested Misra for speedy assent to this bill. This will speed up the process of redevelopment and housing for the poor. Fadnavis also requested for withdrawal of condition of 51 per cent government participation for construction of affordable houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in CRZ area to which the Centre has agreed,” the CMO stated.

The move will benefit 252 slums in Mumbai and the poor will get houses under the PMAY. This will also be useful in maintaining coastal cleanliness, the CMO said.

Fadnavis also requested for deletion of other agencies’ non-transfer clause so that Zudpi (jungle) land can be transferred for various public utility projects. This clearance will pave way for availability of 54,000 hectares of land for public utility projects.

The chief minister requested for speedy approval to Maharashtra land acquisition bill (The right to fair compensation and transparency in land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement Bill 2018), which was passed recently, the statement said.

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