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Master Plan delay holds up Kovai growth

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Deccan Chronicle      17.12.2010

Master Plan delay holds up Kovai growth

December 17th, 2010

Dec. 16: It has been 18 years since the release of the last Master Plan for the city and though work on the new plan is almost complete and has been submitted to the government, the draft has yet to be released for a public hearing for objections and suggestions. Officials here feel that the Master Plan is being unduly delayed and say this is hampering development work in the fast-growing city.

Pointing out that future development of the city could only be based on the Master Plan, Coimbatore Consumer Cause secretary K. Kathirmathiyon says talk about the plan being prepared has been going on since 2004. “The plan should be revised at least once in 10 years to ensure proper growth, but 18 years have passed and people in Coimbatore are still waiting for it,” he pointed out.

The Master Plan will contain details of the classification of land and purpose of use, new roads to come up and marking of reserved sites and agricultural land. With the growth of real estate, industries and Information Technology, the plan will help identify the amount of land that should be used for different purposes.

Due to lack of awareness among people, efforts were not taken to develop reserved sites as parks or grounds for public use. Once the new plan is released, it will be put up on the Internet, based on which the industries can plan their project.

District collector P. Umanath said, “We have been awaiting its early release as we can plan development activities in and around the city based on the plan. But we do not have any idea when it will be released.”

When asked about the delay in the release of draft plan, DTCP director Pankaj Kumar Bansal said the state would “at any time release the draft plan” as it has been submitted to them for clearance. He added that with the corporation’s area expanding, the draft plan would indicate the expansion of the Local Planning Authority’s (LPA) jurisdiction to over 1.9 lakh hectares from the existing 1.27 lakh hectares.

The draft plan, once released, will be placed before the public for 60 days to hear objections and suggestions, if any. These will then be incorporated and returned to the state for release of the final plan as the new Master Plan for the city’s development.


Master Plan for Coimbatore soon

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The Hindu  06.10.2010

Master Plan for Coimbatore soon

Special Correspondent

Director of the Directorate of Town and Country Planning Pankaj Kumar Bansal (right) speaking at a meeting organised by the Coimbatore District Small Industries' Association on Tuesday.

COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Master Plan is expected to be finalised by March next year, Pankaj Kumar Bansal, Director, Directorate of Town and Country Planning, said here on Tuesday.

At a meeting organised by the Coimbatore District Small Industries' Association Mr. Bansal said the Coimbatore Master Plan was in an advanced stage. The Master Plan for this city was last approved in 1992. It was reviewed and changes had been incorporated now. The plan would be submitted to the Government in a week for its review consent. Then, it would be placed in the public domain to hear objections and suggestions. People could raise their objections and give suggestions for individual cases and on general issues in the plan. These would also be considered and incorporated and the final review of the plan was expected to be completed by March next, Mr. Bansal said.

He told presspersons later that the Coimbatore Local Planning Authority collected Rs. 14 crore arrears of the Infrastructure and Amenities Fund last month. Most of the funds collected here would be used for projects in this region. Three scheme roads were laid at a cost of Rs. 42 crore here recently using resources from the Infrastructure and Amenities fund. The District Collector and the Commissioner could send proposals for projects that could be taken up with the fund, he said.

Auto Development Control Rules (Auto DCR) was proposed for nine municipal corporations and the Coimbatore and Tirunelvelli Local Planning authorities too. Mr. Bansal added that a proposal had been sent to the Government on expansion of the present Local Planning Authority area for places like Coimbatore and Tirupur.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 October 2010 10:41

Public hearing held for master plan

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The Hindu 18.03.2010

Public hearing held for master plan

D. Radhakrishnan

For people to raise objections and put forth suggestions

Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Expressing their views: Officials and residents participating in a public hearing in Udhagamandalam on Wednesday.

Udhagamandalam: In connection with the Modified Master Plan for Udhagamandalam which is in the process of being put in place by the civic administration, a public hearing was held here on Wednesday.

The District Revenue Officer S.Kuppuswamy presided.

Among those who submitted representations were members of the Nilgiris Chamber of Commerce and Industry and representatives of builders associations.

Speaking to The Hindu the Municipal Commissioner L.S.Girija said that the objective of the exercise was to provide a final opportunity to the people to raise objections or put forth suggestions relating to zoning regulations and development control rules for the consideration of the government.

Stating that about 130 representations had been received, she said that practically all of them were also in favour of scrapping the master plan.

To a query, she said that if there had been any representations relating to the environment or ecology they would have been taken into consideration but though an announcement regarding the public hearing had been made there was no one present to espouse the cause of the environment or ecology.

The Master Plan which is now in force was mooted in 1993 and came into being in 1997.

It will cease to be in force by 2011.

The Chairman, R.Rajendran, said that recommendations put forth by the Local Planning Authority (LPA) comprising all the councillors will be forwarded to the government for consideration.

When asked whether any environmentalist had been consulted before putting together the recommendations, he said that only members of the LPA had approved them.

The government will be requested to declare as residential areas places which were already developed before the existing Master Plan and subsequently converted into Agricultural Zones.

The areas declared as Primary Residential Zones in the existing Master Plan should remain so in the Modified Master Plan also.

Pockets within Primary Residential Zones which are now considered as Agricultural Zones should be treated as Primary Residential Zones.

No major change has been recommended in the Prohibited Zones surrounding the Government Botanical Garden, the Race Course and the Ooty Lake.

However it has been recommended that only for the existing buildings in areas surrounding Race Course, permission should be given to increase the built-up area by ten percent, subject to the height remaining below seven metres.

The Town Planning Officer M.Soundarajan pointed out that the views of the officials of the Agricultural Engineering Department, the Geo TechCell, Geology and Mines etc. had been incorporated in the existing Master Plan, it was pointed out.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 March 2010 05:14

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