M.L.Melly Maitreyi

New plan provides better layouts with detailed road network

Plans allocate 286 sq. km more land for residential use

Extensive network of radial and ring roads planned

HYDERABAD: The Government on Friday notified the long awaited master plans for the pre-expansion HUDA metropolitan area and HADA area.

As recommended by the expert committee headed by former Chief Secretary T.K.Diwan which cleared the revised draft master plan-2020 on Thursday, the Government immediately issued GO number 288 notifying both HUDA and HADA master plans.

Though it took more than five years for the final notification of the master plan after the draft plan was first notified in 2003 for public suggestions and objections, the salient features of the HUDA master plan make it worth the wait.

Flexible, futuristic

The new plan is flexible, futuristic and provides for better planning of layouts with detailed road network integrated into the plan. The provisions in the new master plan, it is hoped, would effectively put a stop to frequent change of land use practices, the bane of earlier plans, defeating the very objective of a master plan - of planned and organised growth.

The new master plan allocated 286 sq.km additional land for residential use apart from another 200 sq.km, earmarked for the growth corridor of Outer Ring Road. There is substantial provision for public and semi-public use such as educational, health, medical institutions and sizeable increase in public utility areas like police stations, fire stations. Large reservation of forest areas, open spaces, water bodies, heritage precincts, heritage buildings is another feature.

Significantly, the land use plan was made in accordance with Government of India guidelines called Urban Plan Formulation and Implementation Guidelines. Importantly, 25 per cent area in every layout will be reserved in the form of small plots to accommodate EWS and LIG families. This stipulation is in accordance with the national policy as well as JNNURM guidelines.

With the objective of environment protection, the plan has designated hazardous industries located in congested areas as multiple use zones to encourage shifting of such units.

Road network

To reduce congestion, the master plan provides for extensive network of radial and ring roads, including integration of ORR, increasing the road length to 2,500 km from 1,100 km. Sites are earmarked for wholesale markets at six places while truck terminals would come up at nine places and STPs also at nine places. The proposed Metro Rail Transit System and MMTS are also integrated with the plan.