Demand analysis for housing shows city will be short of 41,000 houses by 2031

The draft Master Plan 2031 for the Mysore-Nanjangud Local Planning Area envisages a housing shortage in the city in the ensuing years, based on the demand-supply analysis and projected population growth of the city.

The three-volume document has been uploaded by the Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) on its website (, and the public may file objections or give suggestions till October 8, 2012.

The planning area comprises the entire area under the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) and Nanjangud Town Municipal Council limits, in addition to 117 villages in Mysore, Nanjangud and Srirangapatna taluks.

Population estimates

The draft plan has projected the population of the area coming under the jurisdiction of the Master Plan at 23.77 lakh by 2031, with the assumption that the historic growth rate of the previous decades would be surpassed due to improved connectivity, which will fuel population growth. Catalytic factors include the track doubling work between Mysore and Bangalore, improvement of the highways connecting Mysore, leading to greater interaction between the two cities, and higher commuter traffic. The tourism potential and investments in IT and BT sectors have also been factored into the population projections.

Housing shortage

Based on the projected population of the city and deducing the projected households from it, the Master Plan has made a demand analysis for housing in Mysore and concluded that the demand will exceed supply. There will be 32,100 houses in short supply by 2021 and 41,000 houses in short supply by 2031.

No scarcity of land

Nanjangud town is also expected to have a deficit as the demand will overshoot supply by a small margin, according to the draft master plan. However, it notes that there is no scarcity of land for residential development.

Noting people’s preference for purchasing land and constructing houses, the master plan has noted that properties in a few residential areas such as Vijayanagar, Kuvempunagar, Lakshmipuram, Jayalakshmipuram and Saraswatipuram have saturated. It has underlined the growing popularity of new areas for residential growth including Dattagalli, Ramakrishna Nagar, Vijayanagar 4th Stage, CFTRI Layout, Bogadi, Alanahalli, JSS Layout and Netaji Nagar, among others.

Taking note of the changing preference of consumers, it points out that there is a growing tendency among people to move into residential apartments, and this would provide opportunities for mixed use land development.

Adequate water supply

On the drinking water scenario, the supply-demand gap analysis shows that the Mysore-Nanjangud region had adequate supply, which was in excess of the projected demand for 2031, and hence was comfortably placed, provided infrastructure was ramped up to harness the resources.

Chamundi Hills

Attaching special importance to Chamundi Hills and its environment, the draft plan has declared the area an ‘Eco-Planning District’ and notes that certain developments on the hilltop were inconsistent and incompatible with the characteristics of the area.

It states that ecology marred by such development should be restored. Regulations proposed for Chamundi Hills include mandatory approval by the Forest Department and the Ministry of Environment and Forests for future development.


It also calls for afforestation on the eastern and southern side of the hill and proposes a 100-m buffer from the edge of the existing forest boundary.

The MUDA’s plan for developing a residential area on the south-western side and north of Uttanahalli has been described as undesirable, and would have to be scrapped as it would defeat the very purpose of the regulations suggested in the plan. Other key features include a special agricultural zone and a no-development zone around Chamundi Hills.

To cope with the parking problems, multi-level parking and an additional Floor Area Ratio has been provided to encourage development in old or core areas.

Regulations are in place for heritage conservation as well.

  • Public may file objections or give suggestions

    till October 8, 2012

  • Draft plan declares Chamundi Hills as an

    ‘Eco-Planning District’