After years of delay, the Srinagar Master Plan 2035 has come into operation and all provisions of developmental plans, polices, building laws in Srinagar metropolitan region (SMR) will now onwards be governed by this document.
The housing and urban development department has issuednotification in this regard after the state administrative council (SAC) gavefinal nod to the Srinagar Master plan 2035.
The notification issued by the government reads as "Themaster plan 2035 of Srinagar metropolitan region (SMR) was approved by SAC videits decision 40/5/2019. Subsequent to the approval by the SAC, housing andurban development department in exercise of the powers conferred by section 11of the J&K Development Act, 1970 notified the master plan 2035 of SMR videnotification no. SRO 160. In the lightof the notification issued by the housing and urban development department, themaster plan 2035 comes into the operation from the date of issuance of notificationi.e. 7th March 2017."
"Therefore you are informed that all the developmentpolicies and proposals within the delineated local area of SrinagarMetropolitan region shall be governed by the provisions of the approved MasterPlan 2035 from 7.03.2019. Master plan ofSrinagar -2021 now stands repealed by the Master plan 2035 of SMR," it reads.
A senior official of H&UD department informed that themaster plan 2035 has come into operation after the notification issued by thehousing department. " As per the rule, the Master plan comes into operationafter the state government gives nod which has to be followed by the issuanceof notification by the housing and urban development department. Now all theprovisions of building laws and bye-laws will be governed by this document," hesaid.
The master plan-2035 is third such developmental plandrafted for the summer capital in the last 45 years to achieve its sustainablephysical and economic growth. The inordinate delay in finalization of themaster plan had triggered protests from former legislators of Srinagar in theAssembly.
The master plan has a planning area of 766 sq. km whichincludes areas falling within limits of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC)and that of urban local bodies of Budgam, Ganderbal, Pampore and Khrew and 160villages in Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Bandipora and Baramulladistricts. With focus on sustainabledevelopment and calibrated to ground realities, the document makes a departurefrom previous land use policy, development regulations and mixed land use regulations.
It lays down planning guidelines, policies, developmentalcode and space requirements for various socio-economic activities, supportingthe city population during the plan period.
It is also the basis for all infrastructure requirements andserves as a basic patter of framework within which zonal plans of local areawould be formulated.