UD Mins unveils draft of Shimla development Plan 

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Shimla, Feb 8
Himachal Pradesh Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj unveiled the draft of Shimla Development Plan after 40 yrs of enactment of Town & Country Planning act 1979, here on Tuesday.
Minister unveiling the draft of the SDP at Bachat Bhavan in Deputy Commission office at Shimla said that it is historic step by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur Government that it came up with first SDP draft after gap of forty years of coming in existence of TCP department.
Minister said that SDP has been put in public domain from today onwards and copy of which would be available in TCP headquarter, Shimla TCP Division, Municipal Corporation Shimla, Special Area Development Authority office Ghanhatti, Shoghi and Kufri for pubic consumption moreover a copy of the new draft would be displayed on the public domain ‘tcp.hp.gov.in‘.
Bhardwaj who is the Shimla urban legislators said ” Stake holders could file objections and
suggestion on the draft plan within one month from this date could be filled
till the final publication of the notification in the Official Gazette.  Before publication
and after filing objection it would sent to be vetted by the law and finance department before bringing it  into the cabinet  meeting for gaining finality before notification.”
Interested persons could an give their suggestions and objections in writing up to 30 days
Minister said that SDP was prepared by the Hyderabad based consultant after wide
consultation with the local ministers, MLAs, Councilors and representatives of panchayat
and PRIs and other stakeholders. He said that workshops deliberations and meeting were
being held before giving final shape to the draft.
” The SDP was planned on the GIS (Geographical Information System) mapping for development of town plan by TCP department under AMRUT scheme of Government of India which would gain finality by this year .
SIDP was prepared in the year 1979.  Even after the passage of more than 50 years, the development plan could not be finalized.”  he said.
Talking about details Minister said that as per SDP draft, all plots larger than 150 square meter sm)  in non-core area are proposed to be given for three Floor plus Parking plus Habitable Attic in the residential buildings.  It also proposed to provide 4 Floor + Parking + Attic for commercial use in plots larger than 250 sm. .
There are some vacant plots in the green belt of plan area around which construction
has taken place but due to restrictions they are not able to build even for their residential
needs, to address concern one floor plus habitable attic is also proposed in the Draft Development Plan to allow construction for residential use. Floor Area Ratio allowed in the core areas of the usual 1.75, it has been kept 1.00. however no tree cutting would be allowed to be cut at the time of such proposed construction.
For residential construction in the core area of Shimla, two Floor plus Parking plus Habitable Attic is proposed to be given in the plot bigger than 150 sm and two Floor plus parking plus Habitable Attic is proposed for commercial use.
During the unveiling of SDP , Deputy Commissioner Shimla Aditya Negi, Shimla, MC Commissioner Ashish Kohli, Director of TCP department Kamal Kant Saroch, town planners of TCP, Shimla MC Deputy Mayor Shailender Chauhan and number of councilors of  Shimla MC were present on the occasion.

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