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September 30, 2023

GHAZIABAD: The draft master plan 2031 was once again put on hold by the Ghaziabad Development Authority board on Friday. The authority has now been asked to invite public objections and feedback on the proposal for implementing seven transit-oriented developed (TOD) zones and two special development areas (SDAs) along the corridor of the RapidX project.

This is the third time that the draft plan was rejected by the board. In August, the draft was rejected as the draft had not incorporated the NCR transport corporation’s suggestion to change the category of the land around Duhai RapidX station-cum-depot from agriculture to mixed-use under the UP Transit-Oriented Development Policy, 2022.

The proposed GIS-based master plan was approved by the GDA board in April last year and the authority had in August 2022 completed a hearing of public objections that they received.

Thereafter in September, the state government rolled out the new policy for TOD and, in accordance with it, the GDA was told to revise the draft plan.

The GDA vice chairperson, RK Singh, said the revised master plan draft, earmarking two special development areas (SDAs) — 250 hectares near Guldhar and 400 hectares around Duhai along DME — and ‘influence zones’ along the seven RapidX stations on the 17-km priority section of the corridor, was presented before the board on Friday.

During the meeting, which went on for nearly four hours, the board discussed all aspects of the plan.

“And it was decided that time should be given to invite and address public objection to the draft,” Singh said, adding that it was a standard procedure.

“We have been given about 25 days to complete the process of inviting and addressing public objections and tabled it in the next board meeting,” Singh said.

The board, however, approved a zonal plan for the Modinagar area. “The zonal plan, which is part of the draft master plan, was approved by the board. It will now be sent to the state government for its approval” Singh added. The Master Plan-2031 is divided into three parts for Ghaziabad city, Loni and Modinagar/Muradnagar.

The Master Plan 2021, which was to stay in effect till the end of the 2021 financial year, is likely to remain in effect till the new plan is approved by the state officials.

  • Published On Sep 30, 2023 at 01:00 PM IST

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