The process of carving out a separate municipal council comprising 27 villages under the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) is in the final stages, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the Assembly on Tuesday.

Mr. Fadnavis said that a notification to this effect had been issued last year. He said, “The Divisional Commissioner has been asked to complete the process of hearing suggestions and objections and submitting a report on it by July-end. Once the report is submitted, appropriate decision would be taken.”

The Chief Minister said the KDMC’s move to levy additional property tax would be scrutinised. “The civic administration will be directed to ensure that there is no coercive recovery of tax, levied by the general body of the civic body,” he said.

Shiv Sena MLA Subhash Bhoir said the 27 villages have not seen any development by the KDMC and still additional property tax, which is 20% of all taxes, is being levied. Mr. Fadnavis admitted that rapid urbanisation cannot be handled by rural local bodies.

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