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Plan focus on urban factors

Patna, Sept. 6: The state urban development department, after prolonged efforts, is in the final stages of drafting the proposed master plan for Patna Metropolitan Region (PMR) 2031, focusing on building bye-laws, area zoning and urban villages. State government officials said the plan would be presented in the Assembly for approval.

The earlier master plan for Patna had expired in 2001 and since then there were no guidelines to regulate urban growth. The urban development department has given the task of conducting survey and providing technical assistance to draft the master plan for PMR to Center for Environment Planning and Technology, University, Ahmedabad.

Building bye-laws

The urban development department will come up with a new law, The Bihar Municipal Building Bye-Laws & Building Code-2011 (Draft), which is in the final stages of drafting and is likely to be sent to the cabinet for approval.

Zoning of areas

The draft of the proposed master plan for PMR also includes proposed Development Control Regulations for Patna 2031, which among other things make zone in the projected PMR on the basis of land usage. The entire PMR would be divided into residential, commercial, mixed land use, industrial, public-semi public uses, urban agriculture zone and no development zones.

Urban villages

Another innovative concept is of urbanised villages which will help provide urban agricultural buffer zones around the projected Patna Municipal Corporation area, to protect rural livelihood and cater population needs in urban areas. These urban villages have low density of residential area with major agriculture use.

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