With the last date for submission of objections and suggestions on draft master plan for the Hyderabad Metropolitan Region (HMR) just 10 days away, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has begun the exercise to finalise the plan.
The draft master plan for the extended area was released in July, 2011, and soon after, objections and suggestions were invited from general public. After several extensions, March 31 has been fixed as the last date for receiving objections/suggestions. The HMDA had recently translated the draft master plan into Urdu and posted it on its website. The zoning regulations have been translated into Urdu and hard copies have been put up for sale at its offices.
So far, HMDA has received 3,378 objections and suggestions from citizens. Of them, 1,864 came from 17 mandals of Ranga Reddy district, 499 from 10 mandals of Medak, 247 from two mandals of Mahbubnagar and 223 from five mandals of Nalgonda district.
The highest number of petitions, 422, were received from Kandukur while 257 were received from Rajendranagar, 237 from Maheshwaram and 227 from Shamirpet. Similarly, 161 petitions were given by people in Kothur mandal of Mahbubnagar district and 141 from Ramachandrapuram mandal in Medak district.
Most petitions were on land usage, roads and grid pattern of the Outer Ring Road (ORR) growth corridor. Villagers of Moinabad, Shamshabad, Chevella, Kothur and Maheshwaram have sought change in land usage from conservation zone to residential zone as most of these villages fall under the purview of GO 111. They demanded that HMDA increase the residential usage to 50% from the existing 10% of total area. Some residents have sought multiple land use, where all activities are allowed especially on main roads connecting ORR and radial roads.
Land owners of the ORR growth corridor want access to the proposed eight-lane road. “Genuine objections and suggestions will be taken into consideration while finalising the master plan irrespective of the number of objections on the issue,” HMDA planning consultant VVLN Sarma told TOI.
Source: The Times of India