Norms Issued For Returning Land To Owners, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

June 23, 2023

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Private parcels of land earmarked for special projects won’t remain frozen for indefinite periods of time once the new master plan gets sanctioned. The draft master plan 2040 lays down guidelines on how and when the projects should be grounded or else the land will be opened up for individual building purposes.

It is a major diversion from previous master plans and is meant to address public concerns about private land being frozen over a project that would drag on for decades. This concern had snowballed into protests when the draft master plan was earlier published in 2013 even leading to cancellation of the master plan.

The town planning wing has now balanced the developmental needs, strategy for the land bank, and the necessity to hold the implementing agencies accountable in the timely planning and execution of projects.

The master plan 2040 proposes three special development zones. As per the guidelines, the areas demarcated for certain projects such as ‘special zone-A-proposed mobility hub’ and ‘special zone-B-land for Trivandrum Medical College expansion’ are to be procured by the corporation or other agencies concerned.

If no action is taken for procuring these lands or implementing the projects within five years from the date of sanctioning of this master plan, the demarcated areas may be released and assigned to the priority development zone by the secretary based on the application for a building permit received.

As for ‘special development zone C’, the council shall finalize projects in each area within two years after the sanctioning of the master plan, through a council resolution and publish the list. The list shall include details of the village name, block number, survey number of those areas selected for the project, and name of the project envisaged in the area.

If the list is not published within the stipulated timeframe the demarcated areas shall be removed from all restrictions. All permitted uses in the priority zone or mixed residential zone will be assigned for this area by the secretary.

Priority development zone is intended to provide facilities for intense mixed development of all major uses like residential, commercial, public/semi-public, industrial, etc. The mixed residential zone is proposed to develop as an inclusive and integrated development area favouring lesser intense residential development as also other related developments.

The town planning officials said that such a model would do away with the rigidity of having project-based demarcation of land and appreciate the value of the land.

“Ward-level proposals have been prepared for 100 wards. The imposition of timelines would hold the implementing authorities accountable, and people also enjoy an opportunity to get back their land if the authority fails to implement projects on time,” an official said.

  • Published On Jun 21, 2023 at 11:00 AM IST

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