To ensure systematic and planned growth in the Growth Corridor of the Outer Ring Road (ORR),the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) is preparing an Urban Design Control plan.In other words,HMDA will decide every aspect of structures that come up along the ORR Growth Corridor (ORRGC),including construction and architecture,and urban features like pavements and streetlights,metro rail stations,bus bays and hoardings.
HMDA is also planning to amend the HMDA Act, 2008, by incorporating growth corridor in it. The plan for urban design features for ORR growth corridor will be completed within three months, a senior official associated with the ORR project told TOI.
The municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD ) department had issued a GO in July,2008,freezing one kilometre on either side of the ORR as Hyderabad Outer Ring Road Growth Corridor (ORRGC) and special development regulations. The growth corridor is divided into two special development zones (SDZ). SDZ 1 consists of areas within or inside the ORR (towards the city side and within ORR growth corridor),while SDZ 2 comprises areas outside the ORR (away from the city side) and within the ORR growth corridor.
To discourage haphazard growth, HMDA would allow construction of Apartment Complexes and other non-residential structures only if the minimum plot size is 1,000 square metre with abutting road width of minimum 12.2 metres. Also,plot owners would have to leave minimum 15 metres setback,which is about 45 feet.A special impact fee would be levied for constructions in the ORRGC as special incentives are given for big projects like integrated townships,IT and ITES projects.
Now,HMDA is preparing an urban design control with specification of each and every aspect that may come up in the growth corridor. For instance,hoardings would be allowed only near junctions and underpasses of ORR. If they are allowed everywhere, HMDA officials fear they might lead to accidents as minimum vehicle speed would be 120 km/h.
When it comes to constructions,architecture,construction material,height and other features,only specified plans and features of construction would be allowed in ORRGC. At junctions and signage points,there would be specifications like landscaping and greenery.We will give specific places for construction of metro rail stations,hotels and dhabas,public facilities,bus bays and street furniture in the urban design control, the official said.
According to the officials,all streetlights,signages and urban furniture like pavements would be of international standard.
The special impact fee and such other charges will only dis-incentivise construction in Growth Corridor. The Govt policies seem to be to prevert legal construction and prompt illegal structures which are never stopped during construction stage
Keyword TagsHMDA, ORR, Growth Corridor, Setback Rate
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