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Urban master plan to be notified on August 10

The skyline of Kozhikode city. —Photos: S. Ramesh Kurup

The skyline of Kozhikode city. —Photos: S. Ramesh Kurup  

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he final draft of the comprehensive master plan for Kozhikode urban area including the grama panchayats of Olavanna, Feroke , Kadalundi and Ramanattukara will be notified on August 10.

Official sources said that the Chief Town Planner had approved 75 amendments made to a preliminary draft. However, nine issues still need to be discussed.

After a statutory process of soliciting suggestions or even objections from the public during a two-month period, the final master plan would be published.

“Possibly the master plan can be published before the three-tier local body polls in the State in October,” K.V. Abdul Malik, Regional Town Planner, told The Hindu on Friday.

The amendments made to the draft master has not modified its main structure including the core areas identified for development such as proposed mobility hubs at Malaparamba and Kozhikode Medical College, Information Technology parks and growth centres at Ramanattuka and Beypore.

Three special economic zones have been identified at Beypore, landward side of Kozhikode Beach and Olavanna industrial centre.

The vision statement has been revised as “A sustainable and liveable regional capital with the state-of-the-art facilities ensuring quality of life for people at all levels, drawing economic momentum from the new generation industries, trade, and tourism with the thrust on traditional livelihood while conserving the culture and heritage of Malabar, retaining the title - The City of Truth”

A key recommendation made is that Kozhikode urban area should adopt a Geographic Information System (GIS) database for providing data support for municipal governance. A report on the Smart City policy and a study of the Human Development Index by the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) have also been included in the master plan.

Following the amendments, the master plan has mooted that commercial Sweat Meat Street, Customs Road, Palayam- Tali and Moideen Palli Road are closed to vehicular traffic.

Previously the master plan gave a positive mention about Transferable Development Right (TDR). But now TDR, essential known as a technique of land development which separates the development potential of a particular parcel of land from it and allows its use elsewhere within the defined zones of the city, has been dropped, Mr. Malik said.

Multi functional zone on the two sides of the Kozhikode Bypass of the National Highway 17, truck terminals, bus bays, taxi and autorickshaw stand, rehabilitation package for slum colonies at Nadakkavu, Kalluthankkadavu and opposite to Stadium have also been envisaged in the master plan.



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