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Will Ahmedabad have its new development plan today?

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 - 5:00pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA
The real estate industry is pinning hopes on Tuesday’s board meeting of Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority’s as they expect it to announce a new development plan for Ahmedabad.

The real estate industry is pinning hopes on Tuesday’s board meeting of Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority’s (Auda) as they expect it to announce a new development plan (DP) for Ahmedabad.

The sector is expecting the move as deadline for declaration of new DP  ends on February 17. In such a scenario, Auda’s scheduled board meet has given hope to real estate developers and other stakeholders of declaration of the new DP for Ahmedabad city and 69 villages under the urban development authority.

Ahmedabad is probably the only city in the state with zoning restrictions which are announced as part of the development plan.

Auda authorities are, however, not sure about the policy declaration during the board meeting as it has not featured on regular agenda of the meeting.

When contacted, Auda authorities refused to reveal details about the agenda of the meeting. “The board meeting is scheduled on Tuesday but DP is not on agenda of the meeting. However, declaration of DP can also take place without board meeting,” said Dharmendra Shah, chairman of Auda. He added that the meeting was earlier scheduled on January 15 but date was not convenient for officials who were busy with Vibrant Gujarat Summit.

As the issue has not been included in regular agenda to be discussed in the board meet, some people are of the opinion that it could be included in emergency agenda. Shah neither endorsed nor denied the possibility but termed it an administrative issue. He added that meeting was necessitated as routine works of the authority were stalled due to model code of conduct and other events.

However, sources in Auda are not sure about declaration of DP either with code of conduct in force due to elections of nagarpalika and gram panchayats in the state.


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