SRINAGAR: Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) is contemplating to develop a “model township” in the capital city’s outskirts to cater to the housing requirements of people of all economic strata. The premier government sector housing agency in the Valley says that the township would relieve pressure on the core of Srinagar city where construction process has almost reached the saturation level.
Officials said that the authority has initiated land acquisition process of 4200 kanals (525 acres) of land at Gund Akshah village in Bemina area in the outskirts of Srinagar. The land designated as rakh (semi-cultivable marsh) is located in the vicinity of state haj house, has been transferred by the government to SDA. The rakhs were previously managed by department of rakhs and farms.
Considered as a dream project of the SDA, the project envisages public private partnership for the development of actual structures and facilities.
The officials say that the constructions would be targeted at developing middle income group (MIG) town with an overall population of about 50,000 people and cater to the needs of economically weaker sections to the higher income groups. The flat size for higher income group is estimated to be 1300-1800 square feet whereas for middle and lower income groups, it would be 1000-1300 and 600 sft respectively.
The officials revealed that so far 450 kanals of land at Gund Akshah have been acquired. “Most of the land is under the possession of kamas (who seasonally till the marshy land) for which the SDA has to pay compensation to them,” officials said. They said the acquisition process against compensation is gaining pace.
“Compensation of Rs 42,000 per kanal was given initially, which was not accepted by the kamas. But we are now trying to increase it to 80,000-1,20,000 per kanal so that all the land could be acquired as soon as possible,” Abdul Aziz Khwaja, Deputy Director Enforcement at SDA told Kashmir Reader.
He said payments to the tune of Rs 190 lacs have already been disbursed in the compensation head.
The township will be developed in such a way that its residents do not have to go far from their homes for their basic requirements.
Sources said that pursuant to the orders of the Chief Minister, it has been already notified to Chief Secretary and Housing Commission to put the work on fast-track basis and to ensure that land acquisition is done in shortest possible time.
“Development of this township by involving Joint sector has been initiated and the modalities for development of this project are being worked out on most modern lines,” sources said.
The SDA is contemplating to design the township at the pattern of cities like Noida and Ghaziabad.
Main features of mini-city
Self contained and regulated service area with sewerage treatment plant; drainage disposal system including garbage collection and disposal facility at a single place within the township.
City forest area having a mini zoo, community centres, institutional area, health centre, traditional bazaar system blended with modern planning concepts, internal circulation system design on local area basis.
Jogging tracks, club houses, water bodies and mini golf courses