Review Panaji outline development plan to match Smart City plan, say stakeholders
With funding running into crores of rupees earmarked for the Smart City plan and the city already choking from problems of poor planning, stakeholders want the controversial new outline development plan (ODP) for the city reviewed.
After North Goa planning and development authority (NGPDA) proposed a new ODP for the city in December 2016, its prominent features with concepts of special settlement (SPS) and special commercial (SPC) zones were opposed as a fragmented approach to planning.
The ODP envisaged high rises with an increase in floor area ratio (FAR) of 200 from the earlier 100 for SPS zones in residential areas and more commercial carpet area of 300 in SPC zones instead of 200.
These ‘super buildings’ would change the city’s skyline unaesthetically while burdening the inadequate infrastructure, citizens had alleged.
With a new government in place and plans of the AMRUT on track, architects, activists and others say the ODP needs to plug into the requirements of the Smart City initiative for improving the quality of citizens life.
“The ODP framework and parameters of Smart City need to be on a same harmonized page with strategic emphasis on density and land uses in a structured manner,” architect Manguesh R Prabhugaonker, chairman, Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Goa chapter said.