UUDA all set to beautify city

After a gap of 17 years Udupi Urban Development Authority (UUDA) is all set to execute the master plan introduced in 2008. The UUDA is concentrating on residential aspects in its initial venture to be taken up in the proposed blue print.

About 127 sq km area comprising the 67 sq km CMC limits and surrounding 8 Panchayaths comes under the jurisdiction of the Udupi Urban Development Authority. UUDA is regulating the developmental programmes in the area besides forming a blue print for the developmental activities. The master plan was last introduced in the year 1992. The plan will be revised in every 10 years depending upon the needs of development. The 127 sq km area is bifurcated into 9 zones— Residential, Commercial, Public and Semi public, Transportation, Water bodies, Park and Open space, Agriculture and Public amenities.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, CMC Commissioner Gokuldas Nayak informed UUDA is planning to develop a residential layout. It is searching for 50 acres of land for the purpose, he added. Informing about the development measures taken up within the city limits, he said that CMC is specifically concerned with water supply, underground drainage, street lights, roads and storm water and solid waste management.
The 2nd stage of Swarna project has minimised the drinking water woes in the city. “We are planning to provide drinking water round the clock. It is possible once the 2nd stage of Swarna project gets completed,” he said.

The 1st stage underground drainage project is nearing completion. KUDCEMP is in-charge of the works. About 60 crore project has been designed for the second phase, the idea will be boosted with initiatives aiding the survey for UGD works in Manipal and Santhekatte area. The maintenance of the streetlights has been outsourced and priority is given to energy efficiency. Dimmers and auto off and on will be installed in the coming days.

Majority of the roads in the city have been four laned including Kinnimulki- Diana, Diana-K M Marg, Ambagilu-Gundibailu,  Malpe- Vadabandeshwara. Land acquisition for the four laning of Gundibailu-Kalsanka stretch is undergoing at a cost of Rs 13 crore.

The Government has sanctioned Rs 15 core per year from Chief Minister’s Fund. Accordingly, Udupi CMC will receive Rs 30 crore for two years. The CMC has sent a proposal with a list of various developmental programmes for the approval. The proposals include renovation of Town Hall at a cost of Rs 2 crore, development of Bhujanga Park for Rs 1 crore, four laning of the Jodukatte-Ambagilu stretch at a cost of Rs 2 crore, construction of the playground in Beedenagudde dump yard at a cost of Rs 2 crore, a fish market at Adi Udupi with sophisticated amenities at a cost of Rs 1 crore and so on. Besides CMC has elaborate plans to segregate and reprocess solid waste.
Once all these schedules in the master plan are carried out, the City will get its due share of beautification.

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