Public hearings over objections to Doon’s zonal plan to begin in August
Over five months after inviting objections to its proposed Zonal Plan of Dehradun, the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority is set to hold hearings next month for resolving the alleged anomalies in the city’s area-wise development blueprintdehradun Updated: Jul 28, 2017 20:19 IST
Over five months after inviting objections to its proposed zonal plan of Dehradun, the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) is set to hold hearings next month for resolving the alleged anomalies in the city’s area-wise development blueprint.
The proposed zonal development plan was published by the MDDA in October last year, while objections to it were sought from the public in February this year.
Over 238 objections, including changes of land use and road outlays, were flagged by local activists in the proposed plan, which was supposed to come up soon after the amended Dehradun Master Plan (published in 2013).
While the Dehradun Master Plan-2025 was a long-term perspective plan for ensuring sustainable and planned development in the city, the proposed zonal plan was to lay down the area-specific developmental plan within the broad framework of the Master Plan. Dehradun has been divided into nine zones in the plan.
“Public hearings on objections received on the proposed zonal plan will begin on August 16. The hearings will be held in a zone-wise manner by a three-member committee of officials that was formed by the state government recently,” MDDA vice chairperson Vinay Shankar Pandey told Hindustan Times.
“The process got delayed because of enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct (for the assembly polls earlier this year) but now that the committee has been formed, we hope to complete it (resolving the objections) in over a month’s time,” Pandey said.
Activists, however, rued the government’s lax attitude towards finalising the crucial plan. Devendra Singh Rana, president of the Uttarakhand Engineers and Draftsmen Welfare Association, said the delay was only adding to the city’s haphazard development.
“According to rules, the Master Plan is supposed to be followed by the Zonal Plan immediately. They are already more than late (in finalizing the Zonal Plan) and the purpose of creating it has already been defeated as haphazard development has taken a severe toll on the city over the years,” Rana, who alone has raised more than 190 objections on the plan, told HT.
“Almost all the (nine) zonal plans are not reflecting the real picture and have massive anomalies. While land use has been changed at many places, the previously declared residential area have been marked as agricultural areas and vice versa at some places. Roads have been proposed even in those areas where there is practically no scope of laying roads anymore,” said Rana, fearing that the Zonal Plan might meet the same fate as that of the Dehradun’s Master Plan 2025 – which was first released in 2008, invited significant criticism over its anomalies and could only be finally released in its amended form in 2013.
The proposed zonal plan has earmarked various areas into residential (primary, mixed or unplanned), commercial, public and semi-public, recreational (playgrounds, parks and open spaces), agricultural, transportation and special areas, besides also marking fresh proposed roads and road widening plans in the respective areas.