GHAZIABAD: The master plan for the next 10 years in the district will see a lot of changes in terms of land use in keeping with the growing population. Officials said the new plan was likely to take effect from January next year.

While the base map for the master plan for Loni and Muradnagar-Modinagar is ready, the one for Ghaziabad is likely to be completed by November.

When all the maps are ready, they will be examined by the consultancy evaluation and review committee (CERC) and sent to the state government for approval. Once approved, the GDA board will go through the plan the final time and start implementing it from January next year, officials said.

“The master plan 2031 is ready for Loni and Modinagar-Muradnagar. The one for Ghaziabad is likely to be ready by November,” said Asheesh Shivpuri, the chief architect and town planner, GDA.

“In the next 10 years, the population is expected to grow by 10 lakh, which means more land will be required for residential purposes. Accordingly, change in land use pattern from agricultural to residential will be effected in the new master plan,” he added.

In Loni, the land use pattern of about 100 hectares would be changed from agricultural to residential. “Likewise for Modinagar-Muradnagar, 80 hectares will be changed from agricultural to residential. For Ghaziabad, 250 hectares have been earmarked for change in land use pattern,”said Shivpuri.

Officials said that 42% of the total land would be marked for residential use while 5% would be set aside for commercial projects and 7-8% for industry.

Until now, master plans would be made for 20 years, but this time, the tenure has been halved to 10. A Centre empanelled consultant, DDF, has been entrusted with the responsibility of preparing the plan.

“For the first time, we have involved geographical information system for satellite imagery. Unlike previous plans, where everything was done manually, things will be more accurate and precise this time,” he added. The agency has used satellite images procured from Hyderabad’s National Remote Sensing Centre.

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