The State Government has approved the revised master plan for the Mangalore local planning area, recently. But, it has ruled that buildings of 18-m high and above should be treated as high-rise structures.

The order stated that approval for constructing high-rise buildings should be given only if the existing roads leading to their location were nine-m wide. The master plan should have made proposals to widen a few of such roads to 12 m and above. “Approval for high-rise buildings should be given only if these two conditions are met,” the order said.

The revised master plan is valid till 2021. It has been prepared for an estimated 10.7-lakh population in the local planning area by 2021. According to the 2001 census, the population of the area was 6.46 lakh.

The Gvernment has issued an order of approval of the plan, which had been drawn by the Mangalore Urban Development Authority (MUDA), on September 10. However, the Government was yet to issue a notification to this effect, sources said.

The Government Order (GO) has ruled that the approval of the revised plan was subject to seven conditions. The order said that the front set-back area in high-rise buildings should be at least five metres wide and the set-back area on the other three sides six metres wide.

The Government has said that the Fire Services Department, while issuing no objection certificates to high-rise buildings, should ascertain that all norms pertaining to set-back area, height of the building, and the width of the road, had been strictly adhered to. It should also examine if such high-rise buildings had adopted proper fire safety measures prescribed in the national building code.

The order said that lands with survey numbers from nine to 15, 16, 20 to 25, 26 to 33, 35, 36, 41 to 44, 62 and 63 in Kunjathabail village in Mangalore should be earmarked for residential zone.

Lands of survey numbers 12 to 15, 16, 18, 36, 41, 42 to 48 in Panjimogaru village, should also be reserved for residential zone.

The land in survey numbers 96 to 98 in Talapady village should also be set aside for residential zone, the GO has said.

The revised master plan covers 30,600 hectares of land area (or 306 sq. km). Of this, 24,255 hectares of land has been set aside for planned city development. In that, 46.66 per cent land has been reserved for residential purpose, followed by 3.68 per cent for commercial purpose; 11.51 per cent for industrial purpose; 8.27 per cent for lung space and open space; 4.32 per cent for semi-public purposes; 10.84 per cent for transport and communication facilities; and 0.19 per cent for public utility schemes.

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