The Greater Noida authority announced on Tuesday that it will make some changes in its Master Plan 2021. It issued a public notice regarding the proposed changes and invited suggestions and objections from residents within 15 days.
The Master Plan is the blueprint that defines land use and is followed during the process of urbanisation.
According to officials, the decision to amend the Master Plan 2021 followed directions of the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB), which had reviewed the Greater Noida Draft Master Plan 2021 following an October 2010 order by the Allahabad high court.
“As per the NCRPB directive, we will soon have an environment management plan (EMP) for Greater Noida. The idea is to put in place a comprehensive land use plan that will guide how the city grows over the next 20 years,” said a senior Greater Noida authority official.
As part of the changes, the authority plans to increase population density in some areas.
“Once changes are approved, the authority will allow ground coverage of 25% instead of the earlier 20% in projects coming up in recreational green areas. As we have earlier allowed a 0.5 enhancement in Floor Area Ratio (FAR) in areas along Metro corridors to give realty a boost, there is a corresponding need to increase the ground coverage, which we have now revised,” said the official.
According to officials, other land use categories like industrial, residential and institutional are already allowed ground coverage between 30 and 40% in the city.
In addition, the authority will allow abadi plots for farmers in land parcels designated for residential use.
“Following directions of the Supreme Court dated May 14, 2015 and an order of the Allahabad high court dated October 11, 2011, the authority is supposed to distribute 10% developed plots in lieu of land acquired from farmers for urbanisation. Since we do not have residential land, it was decided that apart from parks, green belts and commercial areas, all other categories of land use in the zoning plan of 2021 will be used for distribution to farmers,” said Deepak Agarwal, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Greater Noida authority.