Director of Town Planning S B Honnur has directed Madikeri Urban Development Authority (MUDA) Commissioner to submit the master plan for Madikeri local planning area to the government by February end and get temporary approval from the government.
In fact, the last master plan was okayed by the government 13 years ago. In this background, there is a need to take temporary approval from the government for the master plan. The master plan should have been finalsed in the MUDA meeting before submitting it to the government. Urban Development Department Secretary has fixed time bound for the preparation of master plan for the city.
Accordingly, the master plan needs to be approved by the MUDA before submitting it to the government for temporary approval by February end. If the authorities fail to submit the master plan to the government, then the Commissioner will be held responsible and action will be initiated against him by the government, said an order issued by the Director of Town and Country Planning dated January 20.
The MUDA has prepared a master plan for an estimated 50,000 population in the local planning area by 2021. Unfortunately, the Authority has not conevened meetings to get approval for the master plan. The last meeting of the Authority was held on May 7, 2010. Meanwhile, MP and MLAs are not showing keen interest in attending the meeting. The government must have nominated four members to the Authority. Hence, the Master plan could not get approval from the authority.
The master plan needs to be discussed in the MUDA meeting. Later, it should be submitted to the government for approval. The MUDA has prepared master plan last August itself, but could not get approved in the MUDA meeting.
Amidst all the lacunae, the MUDA could not undertake any new housing projects. Moreover, several files are pending before the MUDA with regard to land conversion. Inspite of disposing all the files, new residential projects can not be undertaken, said sources in MUDA.
At the same time, the elected representatives are urging the MUDA not to give scope for land conversion for resorts and home stay to come up in the city. Madikeri is a small town. There is no land available for the creation of residential extension. Even after levelling the hillocks to create sites, the public find it difficult to purchase. In this background, the activities of MUDA has come to a standstill. In fact, even the Minister for Urban Development Suresh Kumar had said that the government is thinking of closing down MUDA in Madikeri few months ago.