Land Use Plan for Nagpur-metro-region Phase-I ready

The land use plan of Phase-I of Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) is almost ready, Shyam Tagade, Chairman of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), said on Wednesday.

Tagade said that the area of NMR would be 3,780 sq km, excluding the area under Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) limits. The area of Nagpur district is 9,810 sq km. NIT authorities have prepared the land use plan for the first phase that covers around 1,520 sq km. The metro region includes Nagpur Rural, Hingna, Kamptee, Mauda and Parseoni talukas and part of Saoner, Kalmeshwar, Umred and Kuhi talukas. The metro region was envisaged by government for catering to Nagpur’s population in 2031. The first phase covers area upto Butibori village, Kamptee taluka and part of Hingna, Saoner and other talukas. Suneeta Aloni, Assistant Director Town Planning of NIT, said that at present concentration is on the southern part because of the Cargo Hub project. The land use plan has earmarked land for wholesale markets, warehouses, international airport, educational institute zones, information technology (IT) park. Eight commercial hubs have been earmarked at the intersection of major roads and highways with the proposed Outer Ring Road. The idea is to decongest Nagpur by creating new commercial hubs. The area around water bodies have been earmarked for tourism zones and picnic spots. Tagade said that NIT teams had studied the Mumbai, Gurgaon and Ahmedabad models. In Mumbai, government had acquired land and then handed it over to CIDCO for development. In Gurgaon companies like DLF were appointed as colonizers, who purchased land from the farmers. The colonizers were given rights to make land use plan and develop it accordingly. Both models were found unsuitable for Nagpur, Tagade said. The Ahmedabad model has been finalised for Nagpur metro region by NIT. Under this model NIT will acquire the entire land free of cost and develop it. It will hand over 60 per cent of the land to the land owner and retain 40 per cent. Out of this 40 per cent, 10 to 15 per cent land would be needed for roads, 5 per cent for housing schemes for poor, 10 per cent for PU purpose and remaining 10 to 15 per cent will be sold for commercial and residential purposes. NIT would meet the cost of developing the 60 per cent land from sale of 10 to 15 per cent land, Tagade said. The NIT Chairman further said that the plan would be submitted to Maharashtra Metropolitan Region Planning Committee for approval. However, this committee is yet to be constituted. If there is a delay, the plan may be tabled before the NIT Board and then sent to Urban Development Ministry.

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~ by nagpurestate on November 15, 2007.

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