The first meeting of Bihar Urban Planning and Development Board is likely to be held in January 2013 to discuss modalities for the implementation of the master plan for the proposed metropolitan region.
Under the chairmanship of the development commissioner and secretaries of 26 departments, including agriculture, health, industries, revenue and land and environment and forest, the board would first finalise its planning areas. Later, it would direct the planning authorities or the metropolitan planning committees to prepare the corresponding master or development plans. The aim is to regulate urban development activities within those areas.
The master plan for Patna is ready with the state urban development department (UDD). It envisages development of the capital as a metropolitan region spread across 2,052sqkm covering Patna, Saran and Vaishali. Once the region is declared, the planning and development board would create Patna Metropolitan Development Committee to implement the master plan.
“At present, Bihar Planning and Development bill, 2012, is awaiting a nod from the governor. Once the bill is notified, the planning and development board would be officially appointed to implement it. The department is also working on finalisation of the corresponding rules, which would be used to implement various provisions of the bill. We are expecting to hold the first meeting of the board in January 2013,” UDD secretary S. Siddharth said.
The Assembly had passed the Bihar Urban Planning and Development bill, 2012, on December 3. It envisages land utilisation norms and constitution of administrative framework among other policies.