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Govt seeks new city development plans from municipal corporations

The state government has asked all the municipal corporations to prepare a fresh City Development Plan.

The state government has asked all the municipal corporations to prepare a fresh City Development Plan (CDP). This comes after the government realised that previous plans had several shortcomings as they were prepared in a hurry after the Centre floated the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) about five years ago.

Officials dealing with the JNNURM projects at the corporations said there are chances that in the next six months,the Centre would demand detailed planning for the urban development. And at that time,the state should have the reports ready.

While the municipal corporations of Ahmedabad and Surat have already started preparing fresh CDP,the Vadodara civic body has just initiated the process to prepare its plan and it would take another couple of months to actually start the project preparation. At present,the VMC is hunting for eligible consultants to outsource the task.

“The CDP which we have with us at the moment is quite old considering the growth and development of the city limits. We have already received a formal communication from the Urban Development Department,in which all the municipal corporations have been asked to prepare their plans. We are a bit late,but now that the process has been initiated,it would be prepared soon,” P M Patel,Executive Engineer (JNNURM) told The Indian Express.

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According to Patel,once the consultant is appointed,the plan would be ready in the next six months. “The last plan was prepared in 2005 when the central government had asked CDPs from every state. At that time,the city limits were not expanded and even the time to prepare the report was too less,” he said.

The new Vadodara CDP is expected to give a lot of importance to the areas in the periphery of the city. “New areas have been included in the corporation limits,but there is hardly any development,” said Chinnam Gandhi,Leader of the Opposition in VMC.

First published on: 17-08-2011 at 03:10:23 am
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