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Master plan approved, SmartCity to get going

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The Hindu                       12.04.2013

Master plan approved, SmartCity to get going

Construction work to begin in full swing before July: MD

A meeting of the Board of Directors of SmartCity Kochi held in Dubai on Thursday approved the master plan for the first phase paving way for the construction work for the project to get off the ground.

Baju George, SmartCity (India) managing director, told The Hindu over phone that the master plan for 50 acres had been approved by the board to avoid further delay in the construction work.

Preparation of the master plan for the rest of the land will be done as the construction work progresses.

Eight buildings spread over 15 lakh sq. ft are proposed to come up on 50 acres, of which 9 lakh sq. ft. will be dedicated to Information Technology (IT) and the rest to non-IT purposes.

Signature building

“The construction of the first building on 4 lakh sq. ft. at an investment of about Rs.200 crore will be launched before July 1 and will be completed within 18 months,” Mr. George said.

Meanwhile, the promoters are planning a signature building on a hilly area in the project site. “It will be an iconic building hosting facilities like the experience pavilion and innovation centre.

The concept design for the proposed building has been drawn up. Since it is a complicated structure, the final design will be readied and construction will be started within another six months,” Mr. George said.

Initially, two buildings with a combined built-up space of 3 lakh sq.ft were proposed in the first phase. The design for the buildings was shortlisted from four participants through a design competition.

The eventual choice was finalised by the executive committee and the director board based on the technical recommendation of the Bangalore-based project consultant.

However, the board felt that a bigger building was needed and hence the concept of two buildings was replaced by one large building.

The board meeting was attended by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Minister for Information Technology P.K. Kunhalikutty, IT Principal Secretary P.H. Kurian, Norka Roots vice-chairman M.A. Yousuf Ali, Dubai Holdings Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Bin Byat, and SmartCity Kochi vice-chairman Abdul Latheef Al Mulla.

Following the board meeting Mr. Chandy met UAE Prime Minister and Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Mr. Chandy’s invitation for the inauguration of the first building was accepted by Mr. Al Maktoum.

SmartCity had held a couple of meetings in the city in the last three months in the run up to the launch of construction work by the middle of this year. A one-day workshop attended by all stakeholders including government departments was conducted on January 31 to fine tune the master plan and incorporate the changes before finalising it.

This was followed by a kick-off meeting attended by the project consultant at the project site on March 22.


Post 2nd Master Plan, no DDP for urban areas yet

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The New Indian Express                        19.03.2013

Post 2nd Master Plan, no DDP for urban areas yet

More than four years after the Second Master Plan for Chennai Metropolitan Area (CMA) came into force, the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) is yet to complete the detailed development plans (DDP) for five peri-urban areas.

The delay in preparation of detailed development plans for Villivakkam, Velachery, Ambattur, Nazarethpet and Perumbakam, with the objective of providing land use as well as improvement of infrastructure in these areas, has been a cause of concern.

This also comes in the wake of the Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP), which is functioning with only 42 per cent of staff, preparing 47 DDPs within two years.

Sources told Express that the DDP for Villivakkam was nearing completion. The ownership details and maps of the blocks had been computerised, besides the existing land use map prepared and infrastructure facilities documented. “The DDP is likely to be notified and forwarded to the government soon,” sources added.

Interestingly, the CMDA seems to have dropped the idea of preparing DDP for Ambattur as it feels the area is already developed. Through DDP, only the existing activities will be recognised and regulated.

Meanwhile, preparation of the detailed plan for Velachery and Nazarathpet is under progress, while the DDP for Perumbakam is yet to begin.

Sources said the Second Master Plan for CMA came into effect on September 2, 2008.

The delay is also being attributed to excess staff in units, which are alleged to be more ‘plum units’ monetarily. In the area plans unit, the CMDA has two chief planners, including one who has been diverted from another unit, besides an additional deputy planner against the prescribed strength sanctioned by the authority.


Master Plan to have provisions

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The Hindu    04.09.2012

Master Plan to have provisions

M. Soundariya Preetha

The Master Plan for Coimbatore will have provisions for better transport systems in the city, including mass transport system.The provisions will be incorporated after studies by experts.

An official of the Local Planning Authority (LPA) told The Hindu that so far the Master Plan had mainly the land classification details and indications of roads. With cities such as Chennai and Coimbatore growing rapidly, it was important to bring provisions for transport too. This would include inner roads, outer roads, ring roads, scheme roads, Master Plan roads, mass transport systems, bus and truck terminals, and multi-level parking bays.

The Local Planning Authority would hold discussions with each local body in the LPA area and identify the Government land for development of these facilities. The local bodies could also develop detailed proposals and give the details to the LPA. For instance, the Coimbatore Corporation could develop a mass transport system project and give the details to the LPA and the provisions for it would be incorporated in the Master Plan, the official said.

The need for such provisions in the Master Plan would only increase in the future so that the city had planned growth and this would be for the entire LPA area.

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