Delay in Bhopal master plan may affect redensification work

  • Rahul Noronha, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jan 31, 2016 19:53 IST
Congress workers protested against the redevelopment of Tulsi Nagar and Shivaji Nagar areas under the Smart City plan to save thousands of trees in the area on December 28, 2015. (HT file photo)

The inordinate delay in the finalisation of master plan for Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal has raised apprehensions among urban planners, who believe it was likely to affect the redensification plan under the Smart City project. The new development plan has been due since 2005.

The state government has chosen 359-acre area in Shivaji Nagar and Tulsi Nagar in the city, which houses several government buildings and around one lakh trees, for redensification. The Bhopal municipal corporation plans to dismantle the structures in the selected region and redevelop it. However, if sources are to be believed, the present master plan does not allow the extent of densification as proposed in the redensification plan.

Redensification refers to the extent of construction allowed in an area.

BMC commissioner Tejaswi S Naik, however, told HT that the smart city proposals for redensification were “in consonance with the provisions of building norms.”

“The redensification work, planned under the Smart City Project in Bhopal, must be integrated with the existing master plan, either through integration or amendments,” Ahmedabad-based Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University professor Saswat Bandopadhyay said.

At present, the Bhopal Development Plan 2005, which was introduced in 1995, is in force in the state capital. The development plan governs the land use and floor area ratio (FAR) of a particular area.

According to sources in the town and country planning, which is working on the Bhopal Development Plan 2031 — the development plan was ready and waiting for the government’s nod. However, sources in the official circles told HT that the government was in no hurry to come out with the plan because the projections in the BMC’s smart city proposals were based on a population of 23.71 lakh,

which is far more than the one in the Bhopal Development Plan 2005.

The new plan, if announced before the execution of the redensifcation project under the Smart City Project could have an enhanced densification plan for the Shivaji area.

However, in case the present plan continues, while the redensification work starts, the BMC either would have to opt for a zonal plan or take an exemption under section 16 of the T&CP act.

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