Time to Build a Model City
By Rahul V Pisharody | Published: 28th March 2014 08:51 AM |
While the hunt for a new capital for Seemandhra continues, realtors, builders, planners and administrators foresee a tremendous growth for the residuary state and more or less stagnated growth for Hyderabad. Urban planners, however, see this as an opportunity for the twin cities than a threat. But the bottom line is that it all depends on the political will and vision.
The 400-years-old city, according to them, has not made much progress in terms of basic amenities post-Independence. With all necessary infrastructure in store in Hyderabad, terms like ‘full utilisation’ and ‘rectification of flaws in planning’ will be the key words from here on.
Dr Vijay Kishore, a senior urban planner and principal, JNAFAU-School of Planning and Architecture, who has developed a scientific method for attaining efficient land use, says, “Hyderabad, for its nodal position, has a lot of scope for development, but not immediately. It all depends on the stability of the upcoming government and vision of the leader.”
According to him, being a ‘radial city’, Hyderabad will continue to grow post bifurcation and this is the right time to chart out a new direction for a balanced development. “There will be a gradual de-densification of the city unless a conducive environment for Andhrites, especially in corporates, is provided. We also need to act on par with the competition from the new state,” he says.
His Land Use Survey Index (LUSI) Matrix model, he says, will help one find out which areas are most ideal for what kind of development. It uses five major land uses, namely institutional, industrial, public/semi public utilities, residential and commercial, besides a dozen odd indicators for each. “Matrices corroborating and correlating indicators would help find out appreciation or depreciation for each land, which is a scientific method of realising optimum land use,” he says.
Also, pointing at the opportunity to look into development of basic amenities, he says, a saturated vertical development should be adopted to prevent pockets of unauthorised layouts which might end up in haphazard development.
On the other hand, Anant Maringanti of Hyderabad Urban Labs, also an urban geographer, wonders what would possibly stop the upcoming government of Telangana from not continuing with the model of development that has been continuing in Hyderabad for over two decades as a result of loosening of regulations. According to him, projects like the Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) in Cyberabad would draw in more investments despite bifurcation.
About infrastructure and development of basic amenities, he begs to differ with Dr Kishore, and says, the overburdened infrastructure of Hyderabad would be de-stressed.
The city needs better planning and implementation, and bifurcation in itself would not give any new opportunities, he opines.
“As of today, we do not have any solutions for sewage treatment. Everything depends on what politicians try to do to bring back money and how people react to that. New political formations are likely to emerge and might do something with a sense of purpose,” he explains.