BHUBANESWAR: The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) is all set to start the project of a satellite town near Tamando on the outskirts of the Capital for which around 450 acres of land have already been identified.
The project, with an objective to decongest the city, will aim at development of infrastructure such as residential buildings, roads, water supply and drainage.
Around 1,000 plots along two-km stretch of the proposed ring road from Tamando to Chandaka will be part of the scheme. The project would be completed in two to three years, sources said.
A senior official of BDA said, “As planning approvals of single and multi-storey buildings have been taken over by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), BDA will now concentrate on city planning in a wider scale.”
It may be noted that an area spanning roughly over 1000 sq kms comes under the jurisdiction of BDA on which a host of infrastructure development projects have been planned to deliver better quality of life and environment.
A metropolitan development authority on the lines of other metros in the country has been envisaged which would emphasise on promotion of health, education, IT, ITES and tourism sectors.
Special zones have been identified like ‘eco-city’ at Bharatpur, ‘knowledge-city’ at Chandrasekharpur, ‘heritage-city’ at Old Town, ‘film-city’ at Aiginia and ‘satellite’, ‘health’ and ‘IT’ cities, ‘diplomatic enclave’ and ‘central park’ in specified areas.
The development plans will focus on access to public transport at a walking distance from any locality. A fresh road plan is being mooted with an objective to promote and popularise the use of public transport.
BDA will design dedicated lanes for city buses to ensure smooth movement of public transport without clogging the path of commuters.
The Authority has plans to transform these bus lanes into bus rapid transit system once the requirement arises, said sources.
The BDA has planned to upgrade Old Town area into a special heritage zone comprising institutional and socio-cultural activities.
Only projects like residential houses, small hotels and guest houses will be allowed in this zone whereas construction of multi-storey buildings, multiplexes and shopping mall will be banned in the area.