72 Objections Addressed, Gda ’31 Plan Faces Board Test Again, ET RealEstate

October 31, 2023

GHAZIABAD: The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has addressed 72 objections to its 2031 master plan raised by the public till the October 26 deadline. Now, it is ready to get the revised master plan passed by the board.

Officials said that most of the objections were over recreational and other green belts, where people sought residential or mixed land use. They disposed of these objections, according to the norms.

In September last year, GDA vice-chairperson RK Singh rejected the 2031 master plan because the previous master plan did not include the Namo Bharat Duhai station cum depot in the TOD zone, according to the TOD policy of the state government. The state’s TOD policy clearly states that 1.5km area around the Namo Bharat alignment should be in the TOD zone. Besides addressing the public objections, the GDA has also incorporated the Namo Bharat Duhai station cum depot in the TOD zone since then.

“The GDA heard 72 public objections, mostly on areas included in the recreational and other green belts, with residents seeking to convert them into residential or mixed land use,” said Singh.

“Most of these areas are by the DME or other highways. According to the law — ‘Record of Right’, the land use has to be green up to 100m on two sides of any expressway and 60m on two sides of state highways. We disposed of all such objections according to the norms. This marks an important development for early implementation of the master plan,” said Singh. The DME and the upcoming Delhi-Dehradun Expressway run in Ghaziabad.

According to the rules, a minimum of 15% of the total land area in Ghaziabad around them should be green or recreational green. “In the 2031 master plan, which included Loni and Modinagar, 16.5% of the area has been marked green,” added Singh.

When asked how early the board will take up the master plan for consideration, Singh said, “We could circulate the draft to all the stakeholders of the GDA board and get it passed. We might do that to save time and ensure implementation at the earliest.”

Two special development areas (SDAs) and seven influence zones have been created along the 17km priority section of Namo Bharat in the draft. The influence zone entails the area falling in the 1.5-km radius around the seven stations. SDAs will include 250 hectares of land in Guldhar and 400 hectares in Duhai along the DME, which will emerge as new townships.

The 2031 master plan is for 10 years, whereas the 2021 master plan was for 20 years.

  • Published On Oct 31, 2023 at 12:00 PM IST

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