Govt plans to increase Jammu city limits

Jammu: To meet the demand of the growing population in the Jammu region, the state government plans to increase the limits of Jammu city by including 103 additional villages by increasing the area from 305 square km to 652.32 square km.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra viewed the preparation of revised Master Plan-2032 in a meeting held at Civil Secretariat in Jammu today.

“The draft Master Plan-2032 emphasises increase in the limits of Jammu city by increasing its area from 305 Sq km as envisaged in 2021 Master Plan to 652.32 Sq km, to cover an estimated population of 20.50 lakh,” an official spokesman said.

Several senior officials of the state administration attended the meeting.

The Governor was informed that the revised Master Plan for Jammu has been prepared keeping in view the provisions under the J&K Development Act 1970, the spokesman said.

The present Master Plan Jammu-2021 is proposed to be revised to address the gaps and discrepancies which have arisen from the rapid expansion of Jammu city leading to rising demand of housing, infrastructure and services.

The revised Master Plan is envisaged to also address the issues relating to haphazard urban growth, unauthorised habitation and rising demand of housing, infrastructure and services.

It was informed that the revised Master Plan proposes inclusion of 103 additional villages of Jammu and Samba districts as part of Greater Jammu.

The Governor called for, striking a rational balance between the vital requirement of sustainable agriculture growth and the demands of urbanization, also for specifically focusing on the availability of adequate urban infrastructure facilities, particularly ground water and for ensuring regulated constructions in accordance with the building bye-laws, particularly in the context of Jammu falling in Seismic Zone-IV.

Keeping in view the need for regulated use of land for various purposes, the Governor directed the Chief Secretary to examine the feasibility of an appropriate legislation to provide for a Policy on Land Use and Land Conversion.

The proposed Policy could prescribe levying of appropriate development charges while allowing use or conversion of land for various legitimate purposes that could be used for development of urban infrastructure in the new areas of growth, in a planned manner.

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