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New plan to address civic problems

Bhubaneswar, Aug. 11: The city will soon have a zonal development plan. The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has divided the city into 14 zones so that different regions under the BDA area can have detailed region specific micro-level planning.

“With the introduction of the zonal development plan, there will be an approach road to every household or plot,” said Deoranjan Kumar Singh, vice-chairman of the BDA. In fact, the comprehensive development plan has taken a larger view of the city. But the zonal development plan will deal with infrastructure issues at the micro level, like 20-feet approach roads, sewerage and drainage plans. “The plan would make every attempt to meet the requirements of people,” he added.

The designated zones are Chandrasekharpur, Sribantapur, East Kuakhai, New Town, Bharatpur, Sisupal, Ainginia, Tamando, Gangapada, Khurda, Jatni, Dhauli, Old Bhubaneswar and Barunei.

According to Section 10 of the Orissa Development Authorities Act, 1982, the zonal development plan should start functioning simultaneously after the introduction of the comprehensive development plan.

The comprehensive development plan was formalised after consultations with the experts of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 2008.

“The micro-level planning will ensure proper use of land and areas will be clearly earmarked for specific purposes. This will reduce the burden on the authority in addressing grievances,” Singh said.

The responsibilities of formulating the zonal development plan were also given to the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, as the institute was instrumental in making the comprehensive development plan.

“The length and width of roads will now have a ratio, and land for residential or commercial plots and approach roads will be distributed in appropriate proportions. Earlier it was found that narrow roads are connecting large plots or wide roads connecting small plots, but the zonal development plan will address this problem,’’ he added.

With detailed land use plan that has come up with the zonal development plan, specific regions will be earmarked for schools, hospitals, fire stations, hospitals or police station.

According to sources in the planning section of the BDA, more than 100 complaints are filed everyday which are related to the problems of the plot-owners.

“No comprehensive planning can take place without the zonal development plan. This initiative of the authority will help the people of Bhubaneswar in many ways,” said H.N. Dash, professor of architecture at the College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar.

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