HYDERABAD: With the state government wanting a separate master plan and a land use plan for the upcoming Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) to be established in an area of 202 sq km (49,913 acres) in the Hyderabad Metropolitan Area, half-a-dozen agencies have responded to the request for proposal invited by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) last month.
The firms are LEA Associates South Asia Pvt Ltd; AECOM India Pvt Ltd; Aarvee Associates Architect, Engineers and Consultants Pvt Ltd; WS Atkins (India) Pvt Ltd; Feedback Infra Pvt Ltd; and BDP Building Design Partnership.
Consultants have to prepare a detailed master plan in GIS format for planned development of ITIR in a financially sustainable and time-bound manner by exploring alternative ways of funding, obtaining land for physical, social infrastructure and for housing for all income groups.
Of the 202 sq km area, 41 pc (82.4 sq km) will be the processing area (IT office space). Of that, the greenfield area for development will be 76.9 sq km and brownfield area 5.5 sq km comprising existing IT areas of Madhapur, Gachibowli and Nanakramguda.
HMDA will evaluate the technical bids and open the financial bids of those who qualify in the technical bids. The selected the firm should prepare the plan in six months’ time.
Last year the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had approved state government’s proposal for setting up ITIR covering Cyberabad Development Authority (CDA) including Gachibowli and Madhapur; and Hyderabad Airport Development Authority (HADA) covering Mamidipalli, Raviryal, Adibatla, Maheswaram, Uppal, Pocharam and other areas.
HMDA officials told Express that ITIR would have linkages with existing IT/ITES/EHM base in the state. Several major players in IT/ITES sectors and companies in EHM sector have shown interest to move to brownfield area of ITIR.
The master plan, land use plan and investment plan will have broad mapping of demographic, socio-economic characteristics, physical and social infrastructure and environmental aspects.
The consultant would delineate ITIR with details of survey numbers, villages and mandals and review similar ITIRs existing in the country. Assessment of air, road, rail connectivity and network pattern iin the area etc will be part of ITIR.
The development strategy plan will provide an investment plan to be implemented in a phased manner with the stated objectives and guidelines. The land use plan will capture the value of development and propose a strategy for realising the same towards funding the development.
The consultant will be asked to incorporate information on potential demand for various land uses such as housing, commercial, retail, office and industrial spaces, etc, identifying opportunities for mixed land use development and assessing broad developmental risks and evolve mitigation measures.
The draft plan will examine and incorporate stage-wise estimates of growth of economic activities, employment and population; phasing of transport systems and network requirements.