Nagpur: In a move that apparently defeats the purpose of building the Outer Ring Road (ORR), the state government has approved residential zones on its either side in the development plan of metro region. Activists claim it would turn ORR into accident prone zone like Inner Ring Road (IRR).
The state’s urban development department has approved the development plan (DP) and development control regulations (DCR) of metro region covering 3,567 sq.km area in 721 villages of nine tehsils recently. Three types of provisions for residential use have been made in the plan.
One of the three provisions is residential zone/belt 250 metres from ORR on both sides. It is approved as corridor development. The Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) will recover premium for giving permission to residential structures in this zone. NMRDA will decide the premium in coming days.
ORR with a total length of 119km is being developed by the Central and state governments as bypass to the city. Works on 61km stretch are going on. Total expense of ORR is likely to be over Rs 2,500 crore. IRR was developed as bypass to the city so heavy vehicles could pass without entering the city. Thanks to development along it, it became like any other city road.
President of farmers organization Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Prashant Pawar said it was an unfortunate decision to develop residential zones on sides of ORR. “City sees large number of accidents on IRR. There are several areas in metro region that could be developed as residential zones. It seems NMRDA and government want to benefit some people possessing land along ORR and are putting human life at risk for that. Some big housing schemes and commercial establishments have cropped up along ORR in an unauthorized manner. It is also a way to regularize these unauthorized developments,” he said.