As the Master Plan 2021 inches towards its final phase, the Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) officials have decided to initiate the process for preparation of Master Plan 2041 soon. In this connection, the authority’s town planning department has prepared a proposal which will be placed in the upcoming board meeting scheduled for September-end.
Presently, the authority is working as per the present Master Plan which will end in 2021. The officials said the next plan will be in place till 2041.
The officials said they will start the process soon as it will take several years to complete the plan and also involve a number of processes and estimations.
“The preparation of the plan involves a number of estimations and surveys related to traffic and transportation, population, land use, socio-economic, employment, among other things. It also involves a number of projections for population, municipal solid waste management, electricity, sewerage and water. We have decided to put forward a proposal in the board meeting so that the process can be initiated,” said Ishtiyak Ahmad, authority’s chief architect & town planner.
“The proposal will be for selection of an agency which will go ahead with the plan. The agency could be a private concern or a government body,” he said.
Normally, an area’s development plans are in conformity with the subregional plans (eg subregional plan for UP, Rajasthan etc) which in turn adheres to the regional plans prepared by the NCR Planning Board. The 2021 plan was prepared in 2005.
“There has been a lot of expansion in the city due to major infrastructure projects such as the metro and major roads and housing activities. The next plan will be prepared keeping in mind the need of resources and availability for the population for the next 20 years. Normally, 45% of the area in the plan is reserved for housing, 15-20% for green areas which include parks, playgrounds and forest areas. Another 20-25% is reserved for development of road and transport infrastructure facilities,” Ahmad said.
Although the officials said there can be no development in an area in deviation of the master plan, the officials indicate that 15-20% of the development go awry. This is mainly on account of unauthorised construction and settlements., they said