AFTER A gap of a quarter century, Indore will finally have a blueprint for development. Urban Administration Development Minister Jayant Mallaiya will unveil the Indore Development Plan (master plan) at Jall Sabha Griha at 2.30 pm on Thursday. Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma, local MLAs, Minister Prakash Sonkar and Town and Country Planning Director S N Mishra will attend.
The master plan proposes a planning area of 37004 hectares, an increase of 11,704 hectares over the scrapped 2011 master plan, with a design population of 37 lakh.
The unveiling will be followed by month-long claims and objections period following which the master plan will be adopted. The present City development plan is the first since 1971. A subsequent City development plan with a design year of 2011 proposed in the mid-1990s was scrapped following allegations of favouritism.
The 2021 plan has not been without its share of controversies, either. Rumours that the master plan was leaked out to powerful politicians and select builders stubbornly refuse to die down. Indeed, land prices in Khajrana and other areas - where the land use has been changed from agricultural to residential - have registered a five-fold increase during the past six months.
And then there’s anger over the Town and Country Planning department’s unilateral approach. Both the IDA and the IMC, the two agencies to whom the task of executing the master plan will fall, have protested at being ignored during the drafting of the plan, as did MLA Laxman Singh Gaud. The lack of synchronicity is bound to lead to conflicts, claim the two agencies. “We may have proposed, or even started, a housing venture on an area earmarked as a green belt under the new master plan,” said a top IDA official.
The department has also been accused of making last-minute changes to the master plan to benefit the powers-that-be. Most notably the shifting of a stadium proposed on land belonging to a top BJP leader. The charges, however, are dismissed by Joint Director (Town and Country Planning) V P Kulshreshta.
On the brighter side, the 2021 plan is expected to, at least partially, bring down spiralling land prices by okaying residential use of vast tracts of agricultural land in and around Khajrana. Mindful of the growing traffic volumes the master plan also persists with a bypass running parallel to the existing one.
The 2021 plan proposes developing adjoining towns like Manglia, Pithampur and Dharampuri (at Ujjain road) as suburbs of Indore city with the necessary social, administrative and infrastructure. This, stresses the plan, is imperative to reduce the growing influx of migrants from nearby areas.
2021 Master Plan highlights
Suburbia: Developing adjoining towns like Manglia, Pithampur and Dharampuri (at Ujjain road) as suburbs of Idore city Indore Mass Transport System (IMTS): 277 km of road network for buses and 44.75 km of rail network comprising three corridors.
Direct allocation: Transport Nagar, Bus Stand and Bus Stops. Land for recreational uses e.g. Regional Park, City Park, Sector Park, Stadia and exhibition grounds
Indirect allocation: Residential, Commercial and PSP land uses not specifically earmarked on the plan but aforementioned activities will be allowed anywhere subject to infrastructure availability.
Forbidden: Use of premises, which will not be allowed, is categorically mentioned. For example an industry may not be allowed in area that has not been allocated for any specific use.
Industrial: Land uses (noxious and obnoxious) are depicted through colour-coded maps. Land use decided on the basis of wind direction, existing requirements, existing concentration of industries and other suitability parameters.
1 In any residential area width of internal roads not to be less than 7.5 M.
2 Height of the dwelling unit in plotted residential development not to exceed 10 m with number of floors restricted to ground plus two. No multi-stories on plots for single use.
3 Road hierarchy of 18 to 75 m
4 No commercial activity shall be allowed, if road width in front is less than 18 m.
5 Activities like marriage garden, community centers, club, auditorium and other activities, which attract public gathering, will not be allowed on roads having width less then 24 m wide.