State government approves seven town planning schemes

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government on Tuesday approved seven town planning schemes and one development plan to be applied in different parts of the state in the first two months of the year.

Of the seven town planning schemes, two are draft schemes and two are final ones for Ahmedabad city. Apart than the four in Gujarat’s largest city, the state government has approved one preliminary scheme each in Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar and Mehsana.

The two draft schemes for Ahmedabad are town planning schemes 418 (Gamdi-Ropada) of Ahmedabad and 152 (Santage-Rakanpur). The final town planning schemes are 53 (B) Shilaj and 103 (Nikol).

The other three approvals were for the long-pending preliminary scheme No. 4 in Mehsana, the preliminary scheme No. 88 ( Vatva/2) in Ahmedabad and Bhavnagar’s scheme No. 9, promising these areas better infrastructure facilities and planned development.

The approval of the preliminary schemes enables the authorities concerned to begin development immediately by acquiring land available for public facilities.

The development plan that was approved is for Vijapur town.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani approved all seven town planning schemes and the one development plan in a single day, the state government said in press release.

After clearing at least 100 town planning schemes in 2019 and 2020 each—the first time this has been done in Gujarat—Rupani has promised to continue the speed of approval in 2020.

The chief minister has given clear instructions to the town planning and valuation department, which falls under the state’s urban development and urban housing department, to ensure zero pendency in the execution of the town planning schemes and development plans, according to the press release.

Rupani has also directed that roads and other infrastructure facilities be implemented under the draft town planning schemes.