Palakkad Municipality Adopts Draft GIS AMRUT Master Plan

The new master plan will be based on the Geographic Information System (GIS) and within the framework of the Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Transformation (AMRUT)

The new master plan will be based on the Geographic Information System (GIS) and within the framework of the Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Transformation (AMRUT)

A special Palakkad City Council meeting held here on Saturday adopted a draft Palakkad City Master Plan.

The new master plan will be based on the Geographic Information System (GIS) and within the framework of the Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Transformation (AMRUT). Prepared with the support of the Town Planning component, the master plan will be sent to the government for approval. Once approved, the municipality will publish it on its website.

Until now, the municipality followed the master plan adopted in 1986. The inhabitants had to apply to the high court to obtain various documents.

The municipality has obtained central funds under the AMRUT program, and the new master plan will be the AMRUT GIS.

The master plan included 18 categories, including housing, commerce, park, tourist site, cemetery, farmland and flood-prone areas. He marked bridges, roads needing widening, railway lines, village, block and panchayat boundaries.

No less than 32 special projects were mentioned in the master plan. Among them were a bus stop near the Government Medical College, a truck terminal, sewage treatment plants and open markets.

During the discussion of the draft plan, councilors demanded the inclusion of some important ponds, the exemption of densely populated areas from the wetland category and the inclusion of areas under the Water Development Authority. Palakkad in the master plan.

People can register their protests and complaints within two months of posting the master plan on the website. The council will review complaints and suggestions and send the amended master plan to the government for final approval.

Municipal Vice President E. Krishnadas said that the municipality would not be able to shell out an annual rent of ₹75 lakh as required by the revenue department for the municipal slaughterhouse operating on the revenue land. He said the matter was being reviewed with the government and an exemption was being sought.

Municipal President Priya Ajayan chaired the meeting.

Ruckus on pat for Modi

The meeting, however, witnessed unruly scenes as members of the United Democratic Front (UDF) attempted to manhandle BJP adviser N. Sivarajan.

UDF members were provoked when ruling BJP members praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for authorizing funds under the AMRUT scheme. UDF members alleged that the BJP insulted a former prime minister.

They staged a protest in front of the dais when the president canceled the meeting after adopting the agenda. However, the rowdiness continued for some time to come, with UDF members venting their anger at Mr Sivarajan.