A draft of the revised CDP will be put on GVMC website after short-listing the proposals received earlier and after the three-day stakeholders’ meetings concluding on Friday. After eliciting the views of people the final CDP will be submitted in January, leader of the team from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, consultants for the revised CDP, Saswat Bandopandhyay has said.

Making a presentation on the contents of the earlier CDP (2005-2012), proposals and allotments made and the exercise on the revision so far at the third stake-holders meeting on Wednesday, he said no CDP was ready yet and was not submitted so far. On the work done so far during the last three-and-a-half months, he said an inception report was submitted and an interim assessment report in October 30. He recalled that the first phase of CDP was an in-house effort and the stake-holders’ meetings were not carried out.

Master Plan

While the Master Plan was a long-term document on land use, CDP was a short-term, non-statutory strategic document with reference to the objectives of urban renewal as envisaged in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission of which a second phase was expected soon. It would list out the immediate and medium-term needs of urban infrastructure and basic services for urban poor. After approvals by the State and Central Governments, detailed project reports would be prepared.

Prof. Bandopadhyay said CEPT was preparing CDPs for 10 cities and the feedback received for Visakhapatnam was positive and critical and so far 50 e-mails were received. He said the proposals so far received would also be made available at the CDP cell at GVMC.

In his overview of South Asia Coordinator of Cities Development Initiative Asia Paul Schuttenbelt said CDIA supported by Asian Development Bank and the German Government helped in better implementation of CDPs, prioritising projects, making them affordable and trying to help cities find money for it.

It had roped in six reputed institutes ASCI, TERI, CEPT, NIUA, SDC and IDFC as partners for its work. TERI was carrying out pre-feasibility studies on water supply projects.

Mr. Schuttenbelt said efforts were aimed at making the revised CDP as participatory as possible. “It is not consultancy plan but GVMC plan,” he added.

Additional Commissioner (Finance) P. Purnachandra Rao presided. HRD Consultant of GVMC A. Rajendra Krishna said detailed suggestions could be given in writing or emailed for the revised CDP.

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