HMDA Master Plan for Hyderabad City Core Areas Released

News Posted - 2010-06-27

HYDERABAD: The state government on Tuesday gave its final nod to the revised master plan of erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad area (HMDA core area) and notified zoning and development promotion regulations. The previous master plan was released 35 years ago.

Releasing the revised plan, the minister for municipal administration A Ramanarayan Reddy said the plan makes provisions for anticipated population of around 6 million by year 2031 with adequate reservation for future residential zones and related amenity areas. It proposes to strike a balance between the growth of population, physical and social infrastructure, conservation of heritage and ecology and rejuvenating the core city area.

"Under this revised plan, the city will have 10 new flyovers, 13 new bridges and 7 road-under-bridges," he said. He added that the HMDA has got clearance from the railways for the Rs 99 crore Kukatpally ROB and that it would be ready by March 2011. It also proposes to have transit oriented development (TOD) zone or growth corridor with 300 meters belt on either side from MRTS road. All plots abutting the MRTS road will have a common building line of 6 metres and the land will be allowed for multiple use as marked on the digitalised maps which will be placed on the website and will be accessible to all.

The minister said multiple use activities shall be allowed wherever APSRTC bus depots and bus stations are proposed subject to 5% of the total built up area or 10% of plot area handed over free of cost to GHMC for public facilities and utilities like parks, e-seva centres, fire stations, etc.

All new government buildings will be green buildings as per guidelines developed by HMDA and will have a one-foot high boundary wall and four-foot high railing on top. In notified heritage buildings and heritage precincts, it is necessary to obtain clearance from HMDA before undertaking certain kinds of development. Architectural and facade control regulations will be implemented by GHMC at Pathergatti and surrounding areas like Charminar to Puranapul via Laad Bazaar, Charminar to Faluknama, Begumbazar and MG Road area.

Reddy further said that for the land surrendered for road widening free of cost for formation of link roads, the land owner can opt for relaxation in setbacks etc. It was also decided to construct an intercity bus terminus at Miyapur at a cost of Rs 100 crore. This terminus will accommodate 1000 buses. At present most of the buses run by private operators are parked on road causing traffic snarls. Similarly, Mangampalli truck terminal on Sagar high way and Batasingaram will also be constructed in the city out skirts. The fly over at Hi-Tec City will be commissioned by September 30, the minister added.

Source: TOI 25/8/10

HMDA Master Plan for Core City Areas Finalized & to Start working on Extended HUDA Area Master Plan

After a gap of 35 years, the city has got a revised master plan for the core area of HMDA (erstwhile MCH area). It consolidates all the earlier master plans and zonal plans and will now be a single document for easy reference.

The process stretched over an year and involved circle-wise consultative public meetings to make it more transparent and citizen-friendly. The 2000-odd objections and suggestions, including those from the GHMC, were scrutinised. The HMDA submitted the final plan and the zoning regulations to the government on Monday for approval.

The highlights of the revised master plan for core HMDA area:

The master plan consolidates all earlier plans.

Multiple land use category introduced to permit any use except industries/polluting/hazardous uses.

Multiple use permitted with certain conditions in areas covered by 300 mt. belt/strip from proposed MRTS routes to encourage transit oriented development.

150 percent of TDR for area surrendered for road widening free of cost to local body.

Plot sub division permitted subject to minimum plot size of 50 sq. mtrs.

All notified heritage buildings and precincts earmarked in the master plan.

Heritage zones identified for architectural and façade control regulations.

All bus depots except Imlibun depot have been earmarked as multiple use zone.

Besides, 29 new roads, link roads, 10 flyovers, 14 new bridges along Musi and surplus nala, 7 RUBs, one ROB and 5 multipurpose parking lots are proposed.

“It marks the end of a journey and beginning of another. We will now be embarking on preparation of a master plan for the extended HUDA area”, said B.P. Acharya, Metropolitan Commissioner, HMDA.

Addressing the stakeholders consultative meeting on preparation of draft master plan for the extended area here on Monday, he said the last comprehensive exercise was done in 1975.

T.S. Appa Rao, Principal Secretary, MA & UD, asked the HMDA to integrate all the master plans. People were taking a keen interest in the development of Hyderabad and therefore there was need for investment from government and private sector.

The extended area, he said, had lot of problems .There was no water supply and drainage system. The municipalities and gram panchyats had no network of sanitation and transport. Manikonda had emerged as a biggest village.

Inderjit Paul, director general, EPTRI, underscored the need for addressing the environmental concerns like solid waste management and climate change.

N.V.S. Reddy, Managing Director, Metro Rail Project, said the financial bids for the project would be opened on July 14, the concessional agreement would be signed in August and the work would commence in December. The project would be completed in next five years. The ORR was half ready and would be completed by 2012.

“Once ORR and Metro Rail are ready Hyderabad will be in a position to attract major investments”, Mr. Reddy said.

Utpal Sharma, chief consultant from CEPT University, gave an insight into the master plan for extended HUDA area. The main objective was to channelise development in a phased and planned manner. The HMDA population was estimated to touch 1.8 crore by 2031 necessitating creation of multiple nucleus centres.

The extended area comprises 635 settlements, including 26 uninhabited villages and seven urban settlements. The extended area is mainly rural with a population of 13.38 lakh. It spread over an area of 4920.53 sq. km.

The key features of proposed extended HUDA area master plan are as follows

Creation of compact city to achieve sustainable development.

Multiple centres to reduce pressure on core city area.

Transit-oriented development along major movement corridors.

Integration of peripheral areas with core and intermediate areas.

Protection of environmentally sensitive and fertile agriculture land from urban development pressures.

Creation of an urban agriculture zone around the proposed urban area.

Provision of proper connectivity.

Second order urban settlements having potential to grow proposed.

Provision of urban amenities and employment opportunities in surrounding rural areas to check migration.

Creation of multi model transport hubs around the new stations and integrated freight terminals proposed by South Central Railway.

Source: The Hindu 22/6/10