The city will have a Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) after a gap of four decades.
Speaking to newsmen after the general body meeting of Berhampur Development Authority (BDA) on Wednesday, its chairman Kailash Rana said the draft of the CDP was expected to be ready by October. And the BDA was expected to make it public in December.
The present CDP was being prepared keeping in view the development of greater Berhampur for future.
The area under greater Berhampur would include the urban centres of Berhampur, Gopalpur, and Chatrapur and 139 villages between them.
The CDP would comprise a total area of more than 317 square km having a population of around 12 lakh, he said. The Town and Country Planning Organisation (TCPO), which happens to be technical advisory body of Central Ministry of Urban Development, is preparing the CDP for greater Berhampur.
Lack of CDP has been a major obstacle in the development of the major urban and trading centre of the south Orissa.
Till now it has developed in an erratic unplanned manner.
The BDA has tried to have a master plan for the city in 1998 and 2004. But due to various reasons it could not materialise. The new CDP is based on Geographical Information System (GIS). It depends on both remote sensing data from satellites as well as the ground level data collected by surveys. The Orissa government has borne the cost of the CDP preparation.
At the meeting it was decided to construct Biju Patnaik Cultural Auditorium near Ganesh temple, for which the State government has sanctioned Rs. 2 crore. The rest would be borne by the BDA.
The BDA authorities proposed to take up several projects in Private Public Participation (PPP) mode. The projects include apartments on ten acres of land at Gopalpur beach resort and Ambapua area of the city. A truck terminus near Haldiapadar was also proposed in PPP mode.