Nagpur: Maharashtra Government on Thursday said that it has finalised the plan to bifurcate the Thane district.
The announcement was made in Legislative Council here by Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat.
The proposal for bifurcation would be put before the state cabinet soon, he said.
Responding to the issue raised by Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt through a calling-attention motion, Thorat said as per the procedure, a notification will be published for a public hearing first.
Dutt said bifurcation was necessary because the population of the district had exceeded one crore and bifurcation will ensure a better administration.
The Congress MLC suggested that Kalyan should be carved out as a separate district, and asserted that tribals were not getting their due in the present set-up.
He also pointed out that the last bifurcation exercise in the state was in 1999 when Washim was carved out as a district out of Akola.
Thane district, which borders Mumbai, consists of urban centres such as Thane, Kalyan and Dombivali, which are effectively the suburbs of the megapolis.
It also includes remote tribal areas such as Jawhar and Mokada.