Declaring its vision of growth of the city in next 15 years, the Rajkot Urban Development Authority (RUDA) finalised and made public its second revised draft Development Plan (DP), 2031 with special emphasis on density development.
The board of RUDA approved the draft DP 2031 at its quarterly meeting held on Thursday and RUDA chairman Vijay Nehra made the DP public on Friday. The draft plan has already been published in the gazette of state government and RUDA has invited public comments and possible objection to the plan. Comments and objections can be sent to RUDA for two months from now. After disposing of objections, RUDA will send the DP 2031 to urban development department of the state government for final approval.
The draft DP lays special emphasis on mobility-centric density development. It envisages extension and completion of the under-construction second ring road around the city. The width of this road will be 45 metres to 75 metres and total length will be 51 kilometres. The stretch of this ring road from Jamnagar road to Kalavad road on the western outskirts is already under construction. Nehra said tenders will be floated for the stretch from Kalavad road to Gondal road by March end.
“The draft DP also includes plan for constructing a third ring road of 90 metre width and 61 km in length and it will be called Express Road. An additional 45-metre-wide road connecting Kuvadva road to Bhavnagar road and another road connecting Kuvadva road to Gondal road on the eastern periphery will also be constructed. These roads will facilitate growth on eastern outskirts of the city,” Nehra said at a press conference.
The growth of Rajkot has been more on its western outskirts. But Nehra said to promote growth on the east, the DP has provision for an I-T node in Kuvadva and a knowledge and educational zone on Bhavnagar road, both areas where government can play a direct role.
The RUDA chairman said their planning was polycentric growth but at the same time with a focus on developing a compact city so that resources for providing basic amenities to residents were not stressed too much.
“The area within 500 metres on either side of the second ring road has been identified as transit oriented zone (TOZ) where construction of high-rises will be promoted. Additionally, 500 metres area on the either side of the TOZ has been earmarked as affordable housing zone. This approach will make transportation easily available to people,” Nehra elaborated.
The chairman further elaborated that town planning schemes will be drafted in accordance with TOZ and affordable housing zones. However, rest of the zone between the second ring road and the third ring road will be agriculture zone to conserve environment and agriculture.
“Our aim is to facilitate harmonious growth of the city in all directions. Therefore, special attention has been paid to the eastern side. The plan provides for construction of a city centre, development of Aji dam and Ajia river as recreational space and a new sports complex in these areas,” Nehra said.
The DP also provides for development of a new Race Course on the western peripheries and the RUDA chairman said it will be developed as a greenfield project under the proposed smart city initiative.
After Kotharia and Vavdi villages were recently brought within the limits of Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC), 52 villages have been left in jurisdiction of RUDA with a total geographical area of 567 square kilometres (sq km). To encourage growth of urban amenities in these villages, the DP proposes extension of gram tal, the land under control of a village panchayat, from the existing 200 metres to 500 metres. The RMC limit covers 128 sq km of area taking the total geographical spread of the centre to 686 sq km, including the expanse of RUDA.
The new DP will replace DP 2004-2014.
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