Noida Master Plan 2031: Infrastructure growth and better residential facilities

Delhi East - Sunday, November 27, 2011 11:09:49 PM

The Noida Authority divulged a better plan for the future of Noida in its 175th board meeting; The Master Plan 2031. Planned for an estimated population of 25 lakh, the new Master Plan focuses on superior infrastructure and a greener city.

This has also pointed out at an attempt by the Authority to take a step forward and leave behind the land acquisition row that has affected the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida. The Authority has modified its building bylaws in which provisions have been made for giving more facilities to residents.

The Master Plan also aims at making the city greener and an extra 3 per cent land will now be developed as completely green areas. The blueprint also includes better facilities for water, power and sewage and new skywalks to link all major malls and markets.. “We want to introduce policy level incentives like free FAR for green buildings to motivate more individuals to contribute towards evolution of the city,” said Mohinder Singh, chairperson of Noida Authority. A major emphasis has been laid in the new plan to motivate residents to construct eco-friendly buildings.

The existing major roads in the city as well as residential sectors will be widened from 30 to 45 metres and from 25 to 30 meters, respectively.

“The area for residential development has been increased to over 5,600 hectare, that is about 37% of the total proposed urban area. New residential sectors have been planned for high density areas that will house more than 500 persons per hectare. These sectors will have predominantly group housing schemes,” Singh said. Moreover, about 2,433 hectares (around 15 per cent of the total urban area) has been allocated for leisure time purposes. Almost all sectors will also have a provision of 10-12 per cent land for parks, playgrounds and other open spaces.

The Master Plan also provides for more than 5,000 hectares of land on the river front to be utilized for agriculture, horticulture, floriculture or recreational activities without any permanent structures. About 378 hectares have been designated exclusively for agriculture land use, mainly along the Yamuna edge. This area will be developed to primarily make farmhouses.

“There is a marginal increase in the commercial area, which is 581.33 hectare and about 3.80 per cent of the total proposed urban area. About 1377.97 hectare (about 9.01 per cent) will be for city-level institutional, public and semipublic facilities and services,” added Singh.

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