The Town and Country Planning Organisation (TCPO) under Union Urban Development Ministry is preparing a comprehensive development plan (CDP) for the proposed ‘Greater Berhampur’ mooted by Orissa government.

The proposed Greater Berhampur comprises existing Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC), NAC areas of Gopalpur and Chhatrapur and as many as 139 adjoining villages.

The population of these areas, which was 5,13,760 as per the 2001 census, is expected to exceed 15 lakh in the next 20 years, official sources said.

The total area of the proposed town would be around 317 sq km as against 85 sq km, 47 sq km and 17 sq respectively of BMC, Chatrapur and Gopalpur NACs, they said.

“We will prepare the CDP for Berhampur keeping in view all aspects and for better living condition of the people of the town as well as for its future development, Chief Planner of the TCPO J B Kshirsagar said at a workshop on the CDP here,

Mr. Kshirsagar said the CDP would be prepared within a year with the help of the Orissa Remote Sensing Application Center(ORSAC), Town Planning Department of the state government and BDA.

Preparation of the CDP is necessary for development of the proposed greater Berhampur in planned manner.

Due to lack of comprehensive master plan, colonies in the town are mushrooming haphazardly causing problems in traffic, water supply and construction works.