Technical Committee reviews Srinagar Master Plan

SDA to host draft Land Use Plan on website for public scrutiny


Srinagar, May 27: Srinagar Master Plan would be put in the public domain soon to seek suggestions from the people on the “Land Use plan for proposed Greater Srinagar Metropolitan Area”.
 This was announced at the Technical Committee meeting on the Master Plan held Saturday under the chairmanship of Vice-Chairman, Srinagar Development Authority, Muhammad Shafi Rather, an official handout said.
 Vice-Chairman, Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA), Irfan Yasin, Commissioner SMC, Dr G N Qasba, Chief Engineer R&B Kashmir, M A Lone, Chief Town Planner Kashmir, Hakeem Iftikhar, Chief Architect J&K, V-C Pant and Architectural Consultant, Muneer Ahmad Khan were present at the meeting.
 “The members of the Technical Committee after taking a detailed review of the draft Master Plan, put forth certain suggestions to be incorporated in the Land Use Plan including keeping greater provision for flyovers, widened road networks, subways, dedicated parking lots, recreational facilities and new housing and commercial centres. At the same time, it stressed the need for having a Master Plan that goes in tune with the socio-economic profile of the Srinagar City,” the handout added.
 “A threadbare discussion was held on various contours of the Master Plan with the meeting hailing earmarking special hubs for various specialized activities including education, information technology, industry, agro activities, tourism, handicrafts and medical city,” the handout added.
 “The meeting was informed that after incorporating the feasible suggestions put forth by the members of the Technical Committee in the Master Plan, the document would go the Minister for Urban Development, Nawang Rigzin Jora for interim approval,” it added. “Immediately after the approval of the Minister the draft Master Plan would be hosted on SDA website to seek suggestions and objections from the general public,” the Vice-Chairman SDA informed the meeting. He said the draft Master Plan would be put in the public domain by the second week of August.
 The meeting was informed that for the first time the Srinagar Master Plan would include the Zonal Plans, wherein the land use plan would be enumerated at the micro-level.
 The midterm review of the Srinagar Master Plan 2000-2021 was undertaken by SDA in February 2012 to suggest ways and means to make the document more realistic and implementable in consonance with the ground realities besides taking care of inaccuracies in the existing Mater Plan.
 Pertinently, SDA Board in a landmark decision last month approved extension of Greater Srinagar local area from the existing 417 kms to 757 kms.
 As per the new Master Plan, the boundaries of Greater Srinagar would encompass Dara-Fakri and Dachigam National Park on Northeast, Zabarwan hills from Khunmoh towards Khrew on the East, Kakapora Railway Station on Southeast, Budgam local area upto Gallandar on South, Mazhama Railway station and road towards Gulmarg on the Southwest and Buran, Ganepur in Pattan towards the West.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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