The Plan Proposes A City With Extensive Connectivity Under BRTS And Metro Railway Network
Envisaging a population of nearly 75 lakh residing in and around the city spread over 3,000 sq km, the state urban development department on Wednesday approved the draft master plan for 2025 prepared by Jaipur Development Authority (JDA).
The plan proposes a city with extensive connectivity under the bus rapid transit system (BRTS) and Metro railway network, that offers many centres of attraction and entertainment for residents and tourists.
The decision was taken at a high level meeting, presided by urban development minister Shanti Dhariwal, at the JDA office here on Wednesday. Twent-seven major issues were discussed, including town planning and development projects.
“The draft master plan has been approved. The plan will soon be open for public evaluation and objections, if any, will be entertained over a period of 30 days before the plan is finalised,” Dhariwal said while talking to the media after the meeting.
While preparing the master plan enough consideration has been given to curbing traffic congestion on city roads. While the BRTS route has been modified and extended to 68 km, a 29-km-long metro network has also been proposed, he said.
In the first phase, many new projects such as ‘knowledge cities’ near Amber and Fagi and a ‘science city’ in Achrol have been approved in-principle, the minister added.
In a major boost to the proposal of new township ‘Naya Jaipur’ near Kho Nagoriyan, Dhariwal announced that notification for land acquisition will be issued soon. “It has been decided to invite expertise from national and international town planners and designers to develop the area and a 4-km-long approach tunnel. simultaneously, efforts will be made to get clearance from the forest department,” he added. The JDA has marked nearly 105 sq km of the area beyond Jhalana hills near Kho Nagoriyan to develop the new township however no decision has yet been made over the status of the existing settlement in the area.
JDA officials said that the project is still in its conceptual stage and once the study is completed firm statement could be made over the issues related to the township.
Even though the JDA is optimistic over the success of the new project, serious doubts are being raised over its feasibility. The ambitious underground tunnel proposed to connect Naya Jaipur to Shanti Path near Jawahar Bypass passing through Jhalana hills remains a major challenge. The forest department has already returned the proposal.
Development of a convention centre with world-class auditorium, exhibition ground and healthcare centres
Efforts to be intensified for development of ‘Naya Jaipur’
Knowledge City South near Fagi
Science City near Achrol
Knowledge City North near Amber on express way
Approval to ‘Gol Market’ at Jawahar Circle
Approval for ‘underground snow park’ at Jawahar Circle
To speed up work on the ropeway
Development of a club house
Broadening of Bhawani Singh Road (20 feet on each side)
Work order of seven parking spots in the city to be released by year-end
Declaration of 3,000 sq km area in 725 villages as development area
The entire Jaipur region has been divided into U1, U2, U3, rural area and green zones in the draft master plan for 2025.
Urban area (U1) will include the existing city, the ‘urbanisable’ area under master plan 2011, the existing satellite towns and other major projects. It would also be the projected urbanisable area 2025 with a defined land use within 879 (798+81) sq km of area.
Various steps have been proposed to protect natural heritage, conservation of hills in and around the region and strictly control encroachments while afforestation of surrounding barren hills, conservation of water bodies are to be given top priority.
Proper drainage plan would be worked out looking at natural drainage, without disturbing flow for the existing city and the future growth areas, development plans for concerned areas like Amanisha Ka Nallah, Sanganer, unorganised industrial area on Muhana Road.
Decongestion of the Walled City by relocating the wholesale business activities outside the walled area. A special area plan will be worked out under JNNURM.
To attract national and international investment in promoting the service sector, work centres identified besides the main functions with a proper public transportation reach.
Relocation of local level activities to outer areas of Jaipur and activities of national, state & regional level proposed to be located in satellite towns and outer area.
Developers will be responsible for providing services such as sewerage, roads and lighting inside the private townships.
Sector roads of 80 feet or more width are proposed to be developed on Swiss challenge model, where a strip of land along the road is provided to the developer as compensation.
To meet an increasing water demand, phase-II of Bisalpur project will cover the works of filter plant, second pipeline from Surajpura to Balawala, capacity augmentation of raw water and clear water pumping and additional clear water reservoir at Balawala.
Disaster management plans
The zonal plans will be developed to include disaster management features. The master plan identifies the shortest path to reach the emergency site from the police station and the fire station.
Regional transport corridors to be strengthened to enhance economic development within the region.
State to have common construction bylaws soon
Soon there might be common bylaws for governing construction activities across the state. The urban development department has in-principle approved a proposal for building bylaws which will be applicable to all the urban local bodies in the state. However, the Walled City areas have been kept out of it in view of the heritage value they enjoy.
“Building bylaws, made in 2000, were in force till now. Some 79 amendments have been proposed in the existing policies to help speed up the development process,” said urban development and housing minister Shanti Dhariwal here on Wednesday.
He said following the amendments, the new bylaws will be considered as proposed building bylaws 2009. In the new bylaws, group housing and flats have been categorised in separate categories.
The development projects on plot sizes of or more than 5,000 sq mt and situated on roads with width of 18 mt or more can be taken under the group housing scheme. Those on smaller roads and land will be considered under flats.
Efforts have also been made to make the development projects ecologically sustainable and buildings to be constructed in plot sizes of more than 500 sq mt of land will require to have one tree planted for ever 100 sq mt of space.
They shall also have solar energy conservation devices such as water heater installed. Violation of these rules shall attract financial penalty from the local authorities. The large projects will also have to include water conservation and treatment facilities.
However, the proposal has failed to address many major issues including that of uneven development in the inner areas as the minimum criteria to build multi-story apartments remains the same.
There also has been no major rebate for the group housing. Instead, those going for group housing will also have to leave areas for additional facilities. It is being apprehended that it may not be possible to control the irregular construction inside the urban locations.
There have also been no major changes in the floor area ratio (FAR) inside the urban areas, though a proposal has been kept in consideration to relax FAR along the proposed route of metro.
“There are certain shortcomings in the proposed format of the building bylaws. However, it will still have to go various considerations before it is cleared for implementation,” said a senior JDA official.