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Land meant for shops shrinking

HAPHAZARD DEVELOPMENT of the City has increasingly been gobbling land meant for informal sector like PCOs, barber shop, kiosks, sweet vends etc. The situation is worse in MP Nagar, which is supposed to be the commercial hub of new Bhopal.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 14:45 IST
Anil Dubey

HAPHAZARD DEVELOPMENT of the City has increasingly been gobbling land meant for informal sector like PCOs, barber shop, kiosks, sweet vends etc. The situation is worse in MP Nagar, which is supposed to be the commercial hub of new Bhopal.
 
Alarmed over shrinkage in informal land in several localities, the district administration, has asked the Town and Country Planning to earmark open land meant for informal sector in different colonies.

Collector Sanjay Kumar Shukla had recently written to Town and Country Planning Department that a number of kiosks and hand-driven carts had increased in market places due to demographic needs but there was a need to spread out these facilities in a planned manner. 

He suggested that during planning approval of colonies, the department make arrangement for the informal sector. He gave the example of MP Nagar, which has no defined informal sector.

The letter stated that there would not be many benefits from the planning aspect despite spending over Rs 10 crore on the developmental works in MP Nagar, where informal shops and kiosks were being run along the roads.

Shukla further suggested two to five per cent land should be reserved for informal sector in a colony of 25 houses or two acre.

In a colony of five-acre land and over, there should be a well-defined informal sector for barber’s shop, vegetable shop, PCO, launderer’s shop, milk parlour etc.

Similarly, there should be two to five per cent open land for informal sector in a colony spread on 10 acre or having about 100 houses. Land for informal sector should be left at least at two places in such colonies.

The Collector also suggested that the open land meant for the informal sector should be handed over to the municipal corporation for its management. The civic body, in turn, could provide this land for beautifully designed kiosks for a fee.

This fee could be used for managing such open land, he suggested. Besides, Shukla also suggested there should also be an arrangement for local shops in the commercial complexes. Such shops would be allotted through the municipal corporation. This would reduce the burden of kiosks and hand driven carts from the City roads.