AHMEDABAD: The state urban development department has agreed in principle to exclude Ghuma and Shela from the ‘agricultural zone’ category in the latest development plan for the Ahmedabad. This decision was taken late on March 4 night, claim sources in the department. Besides this a new industrial zone is being proposed in Santej and Rakanpur on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, which were earlier included in the agricultural zone.
However, senior officers of the state town planning department have reserved their decision on the exclusion of 68 villages in the outskirts of the city from agriculture zone category. “In areas like Rancherda and nearby areas there are many plotted schemes which are quite investment oriented. We have to be practical to ensure that the benefit goes down to people where they inhabit,” says a senior urban development department official.
The state government will invite suggestions and objections once again for a period of two months before heading towards finalizing the development plan for the city.
The state government has also decided to extend the Gamtal extension of few large villages outside the city limits from 300 metres to 400 metres. This will ensure that villages get a healthier chance to expand in the next decade. Also few relaxations have been introduced in matters of margins in building construction. These relaxations would benefit citizens in the middle income groups.
However, the decision to relax the expansion of the road running along the narrow gauge lane on Ashram Road from 12 metres to 6 metres has been put on hold. “The road expansion would eat away large chunks of campuses of three Gandhian institutions – Gujarat Vidyapith, Navajivan and deaf and mute school,” a senior official admitted.
Some new changes were incorporated to existing transit corridors pertaining to the metro route. “The urban development department has stuck by its decision to maintain the buffer zone of 200 metres on both sides of the corridor as transit oriented zone with buildings getting a benefit of up to FSI of 4. It’s the same for the BRTS route as well. The earlier metro route suggested by the state government in September 2012 was not notified and was later scrapped. In fact, the latest DMRC-suggested metro route this year has been notified,” says a senior the official.