Baddi master plan awaits HP govt nod for over a yr

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: Nov 24 2010, 08:52am hrs
The industrialists of Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh region have been waiting for over a year for the comprehensive master plan to be approved by the Himachal Pradesh cabinet. Since the master plan is expected to rev up the infrastructural scenario in the industrial belt its implementation is long awaited. Even after it was announced four years ago to have a master plan for Baddi region, the project is getting delayed due to regulatory parleys.

It will act as a framework for developing about 318 sq km of area in phases till 2025. The master plan has been prepared by the Centre for Environment Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad and it took about two years for the plan to be ready.

The Baddi master plan was submitted to the state cabinet by the Baddi Barotiwala Nalagarh Development Authority (BBNDA) in 2009 but it is yet to be taken up for discussion in the cabinet meeting.

Sources in BBNDA told FE that the state government had asked for opinion from the town and country planning department and the plan has got a favourable response from it. The director of town and country planning has commented that the plan is in order and has been drafted as per the provisions of the amended town and country planning act. But it is still uncertain when will it be put up for discussion in the state cabinet, said a BBNDA official.

However the plan was re-drafted earlier after incorporating the changes suggested by the general public as well as other stakeholders during consultations.

A CEPT official told FE that the plan was redrafted in 2009 only and submitted to the state government. Amendment in the town and country planning act was also taken care of along with some technical changes. Tenders will be invited from private parties for various development works once the master plans is approved by the state cabinet.

As per the draft, the plan will act as a regulatory framework and outline broad transportation network for the industrial belt as well strengthen road connectivity. Residential and commercial developments will come up over specifically demarcated areas. The focus will be on promoting the PPP format for development of the region. Areas have been identified and demarcated for specific commercial and residential developments. Industrial activity will be given a push through proposed industrial estates, growth centers, SEZ etc.