Sub: Suggestions to keep provision for a Metro Rapid Transport System in BHUBANESWAR-CUTTACK URBAN COMPLEX VISION 2030
We are glad to know that you are going to finalize the BBSR-CTC URBAN COMPLEX VISION 2030. 
With respect to the above, we are anxious to know whether a Metro Rapid Transport System is included in the plan. For a warning, what could happen if an under ground MRTS system is not planned now, please refer to .
Also here are few more suggestions, from one of the most experiences CIVIL & Construction engineer-cum-project Manager Shri Jibanendra Mahanty.
We hope and believe that you will acknowledge these mails and take appropriate action to plan an under ground MRTS system for a future projected population of around 50 Lakhs.
Subject: OTN: BHUBANESWAR-CUTTACK URBAN COMPLEX VISION 2030
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2007 18:32:27 +0530
the news report on the above subject ( attached hereto) it is noted
that IIT_KGP has submitted the Draft of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Urban
Complex Vision-2030, to Govt of Orissa, for comments/approval.
According to the said Vision 2030, the Greater
Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Metropolitan Area including Chowdwar and Jatni,
will have a projected population size of 50 Lakhs. For such a large
population size (almost equal to the present population size of greater
B'lore/ Hyderabad), the urban transportation will certainly pose a
serious problem. This also will entail serious atmospheric polution.
I wonder, whether the Vision 2030 also proposes construction
of a Metro Rail System ( elevated track/ underground track ) linking
Chowdwar to Jatni in North-South direction and from Pipli to
Chandka/Nandan Kanan, in East-West direction, with laterals as per the
proposed development plans, to mitigate the projected traffic chaos in
For implementation of Metro Rail System( which will be a
sheer necessity for 2030 ) it is imperative that Planning Authority of
Vision 2030 take preliminary action for the said Project from right
now. The most important prelim action is to identify the proposed
routes of the Metro Rail System and earmark a green belt as a Metro
Corridor( free from concrete jungle and Underground services, if
possible ), well protected from encroachment. The project construction
may be taken up at a later date either on BOT/ BOO or thru
Shall appreciate if Orissa Today Group could take up this subject with appropriate Authority.
 IIT Kharagpur's urban plan draft submitted to CM
A draft proposal of the perspective plan 'Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Urban
Complex Vision-2030,' prepared by IIT Kharagpur, was submitted to Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday. The plan, which is aimed at
catering to a 50-lakh population over a 336-sq km area by 2030, is
proposed to be finalised in about four months.
IIT Kharagpur experts have given the State Government three weeks' time
to offer its comments on various aspects of the draft proposal,
according to Urban Development Minister Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo. The
experts would give a final shape to the draft proposal within a month
after getting the Government's comments, Singh Deo said.
The plan would be backed by maps, charts and diagrams on land use and
include recommendations on areas like traffic and transportation,
housing, public utilities, environmental improvement, forestry,
educational, health, institutions, recreational and other community
facilities, management of water bodies and heritage, culture and
The State Government had signed an MoU with IIT Kharagpur in 2004,
following which the IIT experts have prepared the draft proposal of the
perspective plan. This vision plan, along with the Comprehensive
Development Plans, would help a scientific and humane development of
the State capital region on the line of the latest trends of
 RWAs oppose Metro link above ground
|"Elevated tracks are destroying heritage"
NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's claim that
residents of the Capital are not averse to a Metro railway link above
ground has come in for sharp criticism from residents' welfare
The RWAs under the banner of URJA have slammed the DMRC
survey suggesting that residents want the Metro link to go above the
ground to avoid a delay in completion of the work before the 2010
Wing Commander J. S. Chadda of the East of Kailash
Residents' Welfare Associations' Federation and Coordinator of South Delhi
URJA said: "The context of the survey is a dead giveaway. I want to meet
any person who suggests that the long-term interest of Delhi should be
compromised by the undue hurry of the DMRC for an eleven-day event."
Terming the survey as a "manipulation", town planner
Kuldip Singh cited examples of countries where the Metro trains are
He said the Metro was usurping space in the city and
destroying its heritage.
"The Metro in Delhi has already finished the heritage
status of the city by constructing elevated tracks and wasting hundreds of
kilometres of land. It has already consumed land the size of Chandigarh,"
Mr. Singh went on to add that the RTV buses started as
feeders along the Metro routes had congested roads in the eastern part of
the city and added to the traffic woes.
"On the underground stretch from Delhi University to
Central Secretariat, there is no traffic or parking problem and the Metro
is easily accessible to all," he said, pointing out the benefits of an
Referring to the threat that the Yamuna waters face
because of the upcoming malls on its banks, Varinder Arora of URJA said:
"The DMRC is allowing malls to come up on all Metro stations and
particularly near the Commonwealth Games village. Allowing malls on the
Yamuna bed is an environmental hazard as that is the recharge area of the
People's Action president Sanjay Kaul said: "The unusual
activism of the DMRC in this matter is abnormal. The Metro is for the
people of Delhi and if it is expected to be running for the next 100
years, why is the DMRC so concerned about the Commonwealth Games in two
Questioning the authenticity of the survey, Aplana
Kishore, convenor of New Delhi People's Alliance, a collective of NGOs and
associations of Delhi, said: "The survey that the DMRC has released that
indicates 80 per cent public support for an overhead Metro line is