The Authority proposes to come up with a Greenfield nodal development plan and intends to follow the recent trends of urban design concepts such as Down Town and also the Transit Oriented Development. A look by T. Lalith Singh
For more than a decade, Madhapur and its peripheries have been the focus area for real estate activities from office, commercial and residential to ancillary facilities. The area developed, prospered and the scramble for development over the years has taken away most of the available land spaces.
Capitalising on the prospects of the area, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has now decided to use the land available with it to create new facilities.
Two sites, one at Khanamet and another at Izzatnagar, have been worked out for development to compliment with the present growth mode here.
The urban development body has approximately 40 acre of land at Khanamet in Madhapur area which is strategically located on the buzzing Spinal Road that connects Hitec City with Mumbai Highway.
The entire vicinities of the road stretch have metamorphosed in the last decade with a series of residential and commercial development and ranks high on the sought after list of prospective property seekers.
The HMDA proposal is to come up with a Greenfield nodal development plan at the 40 acre site.
Not just a cluster of development but the Authority intends to follow the recent trends of urban design concepts such as Down Town and also the Transit Oriented Development (TOD).
The officials explain that the idea is to have the site designed in such a way that it serves as a high density urban centre for commercial and mixed land use development.
As a model development, it is intended to have high quality pedestrian facilities making it conveniently accessible to the Metro Rail and MMTS stations.
The official says the planning for the site has been in the direction of developing this site in a controlled and designed manner to complement the surrounding transit development.
“With this, we also want to challenge the city with new ideas of urban design concepts of high density development,” he says.
Stressing on the pedestrian facilities, appropriate open spaces and other elements are proposed to be integrated to enhance the physical quality that could stand out in comparison with existing development model in the city.
For coming up with the nodal development plan, the HMDA will soon be finalising consultants with required qualification and experience.
Once in place, they will tasked to carry out reconnaissance surveys and verification of issues such as zoning and guidelines and then suggest best international practices of urban design concepts.
The Khanamet site apart, the Authority is also actively pursuing another project in Madhapur at Izzatnagar.
It has 34 acres spread out in three parcels at National Academy of Construction (NAC) campus which is proposed for development as ancillary and complementary facility for the existing HICC and HITEX.
Since both HICC and HITEX have become popular destination for not only local but also national and international events, the HMDA looks at coming up with Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibition (MICE) facilities at the Izzatnagar site.