BHARUCH: Bharuch Ankleshwar Urban Development Authority (BAUDA) has started consultations with stakeholders from the twin cities on a new development plan. People from various sections of the society participated in the first such meeting held on Wednesday.
Referring to the meeting of the stakeholders, R S Ninama, chief executive officer of BAUDA, said, "Any planning without people's participation cannot be successfully implemented. The interactive session was very fruitful with stakeholders like real estate developers, NGOs, local community organizations, industry, architects and people from other streams speaking on various developmental issues. Several organizations gave representations to the authorities." The focus of the discussion was on public participation in planning, promotion of social activities and role of voluntary agencies in developing various facets of the cities.
BAUDA has an area of 625 square kilometres to manage. The preparation of development plan has been assigned to an Ahmedabad-based firm that will submit it in six months.
Real estate development in the area has been on hold in both the cities and 87 villages since January 7, 2011 when BAUDA was constituted by the state government and all the permissions for conversion into non-agricultural land and new construction were stalled. Sale and purchase of more than 10,000 homes in both the cities were affected as no-sale deed has been executed in the absence of title clearance.