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New masterplan for Bhopal in the works
The Times of India  |  April 22, 2019

TNN Bhopal

The state capital will likely have a masterplan soon. With the Congress candidate from Bhopal, Digvijaya Singh releasing his vision document for the city on Sunday, the buzz has gained momentum.


The town and country planning department is using GIS-assisted mapping to bring forth a vision of the city for the year 2031, said sources.


Bhopal’s last masterplan was published in 1999. Even the provisions made in masterplan of 2005 have not been fulfilled in the last 10 years as some of the essential works have failed to take off. Town and country planning website is yet to remove the Bhopal development plan 2021, which was scrapped before being implemented in 2009.


“The irony is without an updated masterplan for the state capital, the smart city project is being implemented,” said Rakesh Singh, an urban development expert.


A significant amount of development has taken place since the master plan of 1997. More than decade of delay in the implementation of new masterplan has also meant that people living in hundreds of illegal colonies would have to be accommodated, Singh said.


Sources said that the new plan would cater to metro rail project and help attract private investment. The government is considering allowing enhancement in floor area ratio (FAR) along area where proposed metro would come up. The considerations would be part of the masterplan.


The new masterplan for the city is also likely to offer differential floor-space index (FSI) allowing vertical development in major areas such as BHEL and Hoshangabad Road. However, developers in slanted zones along the BRTS corridor are not likely to be permitted much leeway in the enhanced FAR, said sources.


The Bhopal development plan for 2021 was scrapped after controversies and ever since efforts to draft a new masterplan never took off.


The Congress government soon after taking over charge in the state had assured to draft masterplans for the major cities. They also altered the plans of with reference to agricultural land use for residential purpose and service industry including the IT sector.