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|(From top) The soppy ground near the flag podium in Gandhi Maidan where the Independence Day event would be held, a stranded train at Patna Junction and a man crosses a street with a semi-submerged car in the background at Sabzibagh on Thursday. Pictures by Deepak Kumar and Ranjeet Kumar Dey
The urban development and housing department on Thursday posted the city’s draft master plan in public domain on Thursday, 10 years after initiating the process.
Department minister Samrat Chaudhary released the draft on a day several areas of the city were flooded following 178mm rainfall. According to the plan, the Patna metropolitan region would stretch from the Ganga in the north to Punpun in the south and Fatuha in the east to Bihta in the west. “The main objective of the master plan is to ensure improved quality of life of the people in Patna,” said Chaudhary.
The previous master plan was prepared in 1981.
Residents can access the draft of the master plan on the website of the department urban.bih.nic.in or http://nagarseva.in. They can also submit their suggestions to the department or the urban local bodies concerned. Department secretary Sandeep Poundrik said several helplines would be set up to answer to the queries of residents on different aspects of the draft plan.
Poundrik said: “The draft master plan would be in the public domain for the next two months. Subsequently, the department would scrutinise the suggestions received and incorporate the modifications in the policy documents before tabling them before the state government for notification.”
The Telegraph highlights some features of the draft master plan for Patna:
The proposed Patna planning area would have an area of 1,144.92 sqkm. It would spread across 13 community development blocks — Bihta, Danapur, Khagaul, Daniyawan, Danaura, Fatuha, Khusraupur, Maner, Masaurhi, Naubatpur, Phulwarisharif, Punpun and Sampatchak. These 13 blocks are spread over five urban local bodies — Patna Municipal Corporation, and nagar panchayats of Danapur, Phulwarisharif, Maner and Fatuha.
Of the total plan area of 1144.92sqkm, around 50.33 per cent would be non-developable. Around 567.63sqkm of area is available for the development and the proposed urban agriculture area would be around 134.06sqkm.
Out of the total land available for development, 55.58 per cent has been earmarked for residential development. Forest area would be spread over 1.13 per cent and the city would have open space of around 8.63 per cent of the total area.
Five satellite townships have been proposed in the master plan for the city. They would be at Bihta, Naubatpur, Punpun, Fatuha and Khusrupur.
The concept in the draft master plan is to integrate the existing roads of PMC with the roads proposed in it. Around 10.29 per cent of the total area (around 58.43sqkm) would be utilised for developing the road network.
A new airport has been proposed near Dumri village in Punpun block. Total area proposed is 17.6sqkm.
Out of the total 1,155 villages in the Patna planning area, as many as 55 having a population of 5,000 or above are proposed to be developed as urban villages. Urban villages are basically agriculture buffer zones around the main town.
The first master plan of the city was prepared for 1962-81. After the formation of the Patna Regional Development Authority (PRDA), it was updated for the period 1981-2001. In 2001, PRDA decided to prepare a new master plan for the period 2001-2021. Later, PRDA was dissolved in 2006 and Patna Municipal Corporation was formed. The corporation could not make any significant progress in making the master plan because of lack of required institutional and legal support. Later, the urban development and housing department entrusted the task of preparing the draft master plan for Patna to CEPT University, Ahmedabad, in February 2011.