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  • BHUBANESWAR-CUTTACK URBAN COMPLEX VISION 2030 : Suggestions to Governmnt Of Orissa : By Jibanendra Mahanty and Manoj Padhi

    ORISSA TODAY NETWORK  
    The Global Oriya Intellectual Network

    To:  Shri Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Orissa
               
    Sub: Suggestions to keep provision for a Metro Rapid Transport System in BHUBANESWAR-CUTTACK URBAN COMPLEX VISION 2030

    Respected CM,
    We  are glad to know that you are going to finalize the BBSR-CTC URBAN COMPLEX VISION 2030. [1]

    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 [2].

    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.


    From: jnm22@hotmail.com
    To: orissatoday@googlegroups.com
    Subject: OTN: BHUBANESWAR-CUTTACK URBAN COMPLEX VISION 2030
    Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2007 18:32:27 +0530

     
    Dear Readers,
     
    From 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 2030.
     
    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 Public-Private Participation.
     
    Shall appreciate if Orissa Today Group could take up this subject with appropriate Authority.
     
    Thanks,
     
    J.N.Mahanty




    [1] 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 tourism.

    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 development.


    [2] RWAs oppose Metro link above ground

    Staff Reporter

    "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 associations.

    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 Commonwealth Games.

    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 underground.

    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," he said.

    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 underground system.

    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 Yamuna."

    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 years time."

    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 invalid".



    Contact Details:Jibanendra Mahanty and Manoj Padhi

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