BHUBANESWAR: The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has proposed to implement the first of its four town planning schemes (TPS), spread across 2000 acres of land, along the upcoming ring road project in the City.
The scheme will be executed on either side of the proposed ring road between Tamando and Chandaka. Around 750 acres of land have been earmarked for development of the first phase of TPS which will comprise four mouzas - Paikarapur, Sijuput, Naragoda and Sahajpur.
All plots, which were found suitable for the initial phase, are farmlands with no built-up area.
TPS will be carried out with people’s participation as locals will hand over their land to the BDA which in turn will implement the scheme and give the developed property to the owner in exchange.
Under TPS, the BDA will notify land owners for reconstitution of plots where portion of the land is contributed for roads and public amenities and the owner gets part of the area in developed condition.
The area identified for the scheme will be realigned and demarcated symmetrically, carving out internal roads and pedestrian pathways in an organised manner. Once completed, the project can accommodate a population of 1.5 lakh in approximately 1660 plots.
Around 30 per cent of land will be kept aside for roads and other infrastructure while the rest will remain with the owners. Besides, 10 per cent of land of the built-up area will be reserved for economically weaker sections (EWS). Each EWS plot will cost between Rs 4 lakh and Rs 6 lakh.
The development authority has already sent a ‘declaration of intention’ for the scheme to State Government which is likely to issue a Gazette notification for the same by the end of this month, BDA Vice-Chariman Krishan Kumar said while addressing media on Tuesday.
On receiving Government approval, the urban development authority will hold meetings at panchayat level to encourage land pooling for the project in the notified area. BDA will appoint a town planning officer to sort out grievances of stakeholders for sharing their land.
“Compulsory acquisition of private land is a tedious process and often leads to litigations. This can be simplified and streamlined by adopting TPS where property rights are secure. Land pooling and readjustment of land through TPS is an equitable and rational process compared to bulk acquisition,” a BDA official said.