2021 Master Plan aims to boost investment
BUSINESS, IT is said, is Indore?s business. And town planners are working hard to ensure that things stay that way. The 2021 Master Plan has allocated 350 hectares of land along the Western Ring Road near the airport for the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to boost investment in the City.india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 14:03 IST
BUSINESS, IT is said, is Indore’s business. And town planners are working hard to ensure that things stay that way. The 2021 Master Plan has allocated 350 hectares of land along the Western Ring Road near the airport for the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to boost investment in the City.
An additional 40 acres have been reserved at Khandwa Road for the proposed Crystal Park under the draft prepared by the Town and Country Planning (T and CP) Department.
The document has also mapped out a 321.75 km rail-road network to make sure that investors’ cash doesn’t run into any roadbumps en route to Indore.
City planners have also called for greater east-west connectivity so that fiscal largesse can be evenly spread instead of being concentrated in eastern Indore as is happening at the moment.
In fact, the final draft of the 2021 plan, which was sent for publication recently, has, to borrow a phrase from budget analysts, something for everyone.
So, while town planners have aggressively wooed investors, care has been taken that the hoped-for industrialisation does not adversely affect the environment.
Seventy-six sq kms (12.8 per cent) of the total planning area has been reserved for green areas under the draft prepared with the aid of satellite imaging and geographical information system (GIS).
This is in addition to 10 per cent indirect allocation in residential neighbourhoods. The draft, to be adopted after a month-long claims-and-objections period once it is printed makes environmental clearances from the Pollution Control Board mandatory for all colonies spread over one acre or more.
Mindful of the chaos wreaked by unfettered growth the town planners have mapped usage specific infrastructure requirements. For instance 30 m road width has been made mandatory for marriage gardens, community centres, clubs, auditoriums and other areas that attract public gathering.
Similarly, a maximum height of 10 m has been allowed for structures in plotted residential localities with the number of storey restricted to ground plus two. The minimum width for internal roads in residential neighbourhoods has been pegged at 7.5 metres.
Concerned at the fast-receding groundwater table town planners have called for conservation of eight lakes falling within the planning area, particularly Sirpur, Bilawali, Khajrana and Pipliyapala.
The Town and Country Planning (T and CP) Department further moots setting up a River fund development plan for cleaning Khan and Saraswati rivers.
Although Joint Director, T and CP, VP Kulshreshtha firmly refused to comment on the plan well-placed sources disclosed that the 2021 draft endorses adopting the 321.75 km Indore Mass Transport System (IMTS) to facilitate and ease traffic flow.
Based on a comprehensive traffic and transportation study of Indore carried out by Consulting Engineering Services Pvt Ltd, a New Delhi-based firm “the report was kept languishing until retrieved from obscurity”.
The IMTS proposal recommends a 277 km road network and laying three rail corridors totalling 44.75 km in length to improve east west connectivity.
The green or (east-west) corridor would run from Khajrana to Nainod along the MG Road spanning a length of 12.3 kilometre with eight stops en route. The Red (AB Road) corridor would commence from Niranjanpur and terminate at Rajendra Nagar stopping at nine points along the way while covering 15.25 kilometres.
The Blue Corridor (Ring Road West), at 17.20 kms the longest of the three, would also start at Niranjanpur and halt at ten stations before terminating at Rajendra Nagar.