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BDA sings plan & grow tune

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 19: The onslaught of unprecedented urbanisation is taking a toll on infrastructure development.

Many new housing projects coming up along major roads are creating difficulties for laying smaller connecting roads for plots away from the main road.

To check such unplanned growth, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) is formulating a policy wherein it will become mandatory for real-estate developers to produce a no-objection certificate (NOC) issued by the authority before launching any new housing scheme along major roads in the city.

Before granting the NOC, the BDA will ascertain that the housing project has enough provision for future road development work.

At times, developers bypass many environmental laws and change land use patterns to suit vested interests, which lead to haphazard urban growth. Most people prefer roadside plots because they would not have to depend on real-estate developers to provide the necessary road infrastructure.

In the absence of proper development of roads, many new housing schemes are becoming road-specific.

For example, two years ago the Sundarpada-Jatni road was the epicentre of development. Now, a portion of NH-203 on the outskirts of the city, the proposed ring road from Pandra to Daya river, the twin road along the Daya West Canal and other master plan roads under the comprehensive development plan are witnessing hectic activities in the real-estate sector.

“The comprehensive development plan is to be followed not just by BDA, but also all line departments like rural development and public works. The rural development department is developing roads in areas such as Kalarahanga and Ghatikia as per the comprehensive development plan proposal and the public works department is also following the same,” said BDA planning member Prashant Kumar Patnaik.

“However, as the housing schemes near major roads will hamper the scope of development of smaller roads, we will include a clause for builders so that before launching a housing scheme they will ensure that they have a plan to develop the road first and then go for selling the plot,” he said.

Specific clause to the proposed rule will not just be applicable for BDA, but also for all other departments responsible for development so that in future there is less trouble. Developing roads after acquiring land and evicting encroachers has become a major cause for concern for the authorities.