Recently, a one day workshop was organised in which an “Integrated Master Plan for Hyderabad Metropolitan Region” was discussed. Town planners across the country integrated five existing master plans for the Hyderabad city and developed a comprehensive revised master plan for Hyderabad Metropolitan Region (HMR) integrating the present day requirements, incorporating the need for the development of Transit Oriented Growth Corridors and the development of the region around ORR and beyond essential to transform Hyderabad into a global smart city.
The new master plan requires to provide for a seamless connectivity by simplification and standardisation of zoning regulations, using the state-of-the-art technology and incorporating the global best practices with inclusive planning and provision for best in class social amenities to transform Hyderabad into a world class city meeting the future requirements.
K Anand Babu, DTCP, Telangana State and Chairman ITPI-TRC Hyderabad said, “Telangana is on a fast pace of growth and development. It is a matter of great pride that today the state is ranked among the best states for doing business due to the proactive policies and quick decision-making. With rapid growth, it is essential to plan for the future and streamline and integrate the existing master plans for Hyderabad. There is a need to remove the shortcomings of the existing plans and demark areas for specific purposes and plan the future infrastructure to support the growth and development of the city and transform it into a global smart city is desired. We are organising this workshop in association with HMDA to deliberate on the issues and challenges in preparing the integrated comprehensive master plan for Hyderabad.”
To this, T Chiranjeevulu, IAS, Commissioner, HMDA said, “The Hyderabad metropolitan region has five different plans in different formats with different zoning regions, etc. To integrate the plans, we need to adopt a three pronged strategy. The first phase will be to convert the existing master plans in the same format and achieve seamless connectivity. It requires achieving uniform zoning regulations and common horizon year for a proper integration of different land use corridors and the development of infrastructure while preserving the existing environment and heritage. The exercise required the preparation of guiding principles, incorporation of global best practices and the inputs from all stakeholders to evolve a shared vision while preparing a concept plan for 2041 with a projection of population growth to 19 million from the present 9.4 million. The development of an integrated and revised master plan for HMR needs to have a proper assessment of the existing situation by removing the existing anomalies and incorporating the revised integrated and finalised plan for Hyderabad.”
Adding to this Dr DS Meshram, President, ITPI, said, “The biggest challenge for cities today is to have a comprehensive master plan for the city capturing the accurate details of different preservation and development zones and detailed specifications for drainage, water and sanitation, roads and transport with traffic flows, electricity, drinking water supply, telecommunication and optical fibre network along with the planning for the future infrastructure required by the city. The workshop is organised by ITPI Telangana regional chapter to gather the insights from the experience of the town planners across the country and to discuss, debate and collate the issues and challenges to develop a comprehensive master plan for the city.”
K Purushotham Reddy, Director Planning HMDA and Hon. Secretary, Institute of Town Planners India-Telangana Regional Chapter, said, “Last two years, since the formation of Telangana State, we have seen a lot of proactive measures being taken by the government making the state one of the best managed states in the country. Hyderabad city has a cosmopolitan population of approximately 10 million, which will probably double when the corporate start and enhance the operations in the city. Even the 158 km eight lane ORR with the established radial road network will house the proposed transit oriented growth corridors, needing to be developed as self-sustained townships. This workshop has raised some pertinent issues and brought to light invaluable experiences of the town planners from other metros to be kept in mind while we work at integrating and preparing a comprehensive revised master plan for Hyderabad.”