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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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 04:27

LPA to have a relook at Coimbatore Master Plan

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The Hindu       16.12.2011

LPA to have a relook at Coimbatore Master Plan

Special Correspondent

The Local Planning Authority will have a relook at the Coimbatore Master Plan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development K. Phanindra Reddy told presspersons here on Thursday.

The revised Master Plan for the city had already looked at growth suggestions. However, there were some inconsistencies. In order to take the growth suggestions to a logical conclusion, the latest population data, growth trends, and land use patterns would be taken into consideration. The relook exercise would be completed in three months, he said.

(The Coimbatore Master Plan was approved in 1992. It was taken up for review recently and the State Government gave its review consent in January this year. After that, the plan was opened for the public to submit their objections and modifications for two months. The Authority had received nearly 3,000 applications for modifications or objections to the reviewed Master Plan).

Director of Town and Country Planning A. Karthik, Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board V. Chandrasekaran, and the secretary reviewed several project proposals here on Thursday at a meeting with Coimbatore District Collector M. Karunagaran, and Corporation Commissioner T.K. Ponnusamy. Several infrastructure projects proposed to decongest the city and improve infrastructure were also discussed at the meeting.

Regarding the tenements constructed at Ammankulam, he said the works would be completed in three months. The foundation strengthening works were over. The technical committee had suggested after scrutiny that one or two units should be demolished in six to seven blocks so that the load was reduced. There would be 792 units at Ammankulam when the works were over.

(Coimbatore Corporation constructed 1,608 flats at Ammankulam with Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission funds. The project was executed by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board. In 2010, apartment ‘2B” sunk by 50 cm and ‘4B' by 25 cm).


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