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THE INDIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS

ANDHRA PRADESH CHAPTER

Review of
Draft Detailed Perspective Plan 2050
for Andhra Pradesh
Capital Region Development Authority

Reviewed and Submitted to AP-CRDA by

Yogesh J. Parekh, Architect & Town Planner,

Asst. Professor, Maestro School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada

K.N.V.Shivaram, Architect & Town Planner,

Senior Associate, Indian Institute of Human Settlements, Bengaluru

Sairama Raju Marella, Architect & Town Planner,

Project Manager, Aarusha Homes Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru

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“Architecture has the Power to shape Societies.”

Quote above is a general saying for the Built-


environment professionals in whose hands most of the
spatial planning and design rests. The efficiency of the
design makes it either pure joy to live in or a burden full
of compromises.

As the concerned professionals we studied the – “Draft


Detailed Perspective Plan 2050 for APCRDA” and did a
SWOT Analysis of it. The analysis deals with observing
the Strengths and possible Opportunities of the
Perspective plan along with bringing to notice any
Weaknesses present and also highlighting Threats that
might have been overlooked.

Following are our observations, Analysis and


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STRENGTHS –

1. The proposed Perspective Plan is well


constructed with its layered narrative and action
plans laying out an excellent ground for future
changes and modifications.
2. It gives a good strategic framework for the
overall development of APCRDA.
3. The on-going and the proposed development
strategies like industrial corridors, ports,
dedicated freight corridors and national
waterways etc. are well absorbed and
incorporated in the proposed plan
4. The Agriculture lands have been classified into
three zones based on not only on its proximity to
the Capital City but also potential.
5. The plan stresses on the need to have stringent
norms to stop the spread of urbanization for
protection of Agricultural lands.
6. The Road network has been well laid.
7. Five more bridges have been added on River
Krishna apart from the existing two.
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8. Apart from the Capital City the perspective plan
talks about also having Plans for developing the
regional centres as well.
9. The 5S Strategy – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,
Recover and remove, for Waste Management is
appreciated.

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WEAKNESSES –

1. The Perspective Plan gives a rosy picture by


depending upon the Central projects like National
Waterways, Dedicated Freight corridors, East
Coast Economic corridor, etc.
2. It depicts ingression of population due to
activities that will happen once the
aforementioned projects come into existence.
3. No clarity over Slum Free City Planning with
respect to strategies and models.
4. No strategies towards Rehabilitation of the
Project Affected Families.
5. Under 'World Class Infrastructure component,
considering the irregular rainfall patterns viz-a-
viz availability of water in the river and canals,
are National Waterways for Trade really
possible?
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THREATS –

1. If the Central government projects do not take-


off and/or are not completed then what sort of
population projection do you see for CRDA.
2. Mostly non-resident population due to heavy
construction activity in the Capital city will be
arriving. Once there work is done they too shall
leave giving a fluctuating population trend which
might not be sustainable.
3. Housing layouts and residential units will start
popping around the proposed Outer Ring Road
(ORR) and Inner Ring Road (IRR) to capitalize
on the Heavy population coming to settle in the
region.
4. This development along the proposed Roads will
affect the Agriculture lands that they pass
through.
5. Do we have the infrastructure ready for the
housing developments that happen along the
proposed roads and corridors, like the basic
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Drinking Water connections, Electricity required,
etc? Till the Roads are not laid and basic services
not in place, CRDA needs to be stringent with
respect to approvals there.
6. Due to limited resources, the Real estate in the
region will grow in a hap hazardous manner. Till
this problem is not solved the inflation will be
too high creating a reverse effect of residing
population leaving the region.
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MISSING IN THE REPORT –

1. The Water Supply section misses the point that


the responsibility of water supply in ULB is that
of Public Health and Municipal Engineering
Department (PHED) under administrative control
of Municipal Administration and Urban
Development Department at the Secretariat level.
2. Local Municipal corporations and Municipalities
are responsible for only operation and
maintenance of Water Supply.
3. Similarly, the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation
Department is nodal agency in the State for
providing drinking water and Sanitation facilities
in rural areas.
4. For waste water management, the agencies are
the same as that for water supply mentioned
above.
5. The aspects pertaining to Education and Health
are not found.
6. No strategy outlines to identify beneficiaries
under Affordable Housing.
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OPPORTUNITIES –

1. Since the plans can be reviewed every five years,


great potential to shape the city based on the
prevalent trends.
2. Scope to modify the plan in future where the
Region’s growth is complimented by Central
projects. Not depend on it.
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SUGGESTIONS –

1. Try making Farming more attractive to Farmers


in the Capital Region. This can be done by
providing incentives so that they do not convert
their prime agriculture lands to plots.
2. The CRDA officials need to create a policy
where it can cancel the Non-Agriculture
conversion of Prime Agriculture plots if not
utilized within the stipulated time frame.
3. Can easily create satellite towns out of the
existing Villages and towns along the ORR and
Development corridors.
4. Focus can be on vertical growth for Housing so
that it does not put pressure on the Agriculture
zones.
5. Work on strategies for Affordable Rental
Housing, to foresee and eradicate the Slum
formation caused by Lower Income Housing
migrants or marginal workers migrants.
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6. Could work on Rent-to-Own housing model to
encourage a sense of Citizenship so that the non-
resident population settle in the region.
7. Work on strategies to cater 50% of affordable
housing between LIG and MIG categories.
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The CRDA Draft Perspective Plan 2050 justifies its
proposals for different sectors and has flexibility for
modifications and changes. It is well structured and
establishes ground rules for all the parameters it
mentions but got carried away in incorporating the
different activities planned by the Central Government.
There is an urgent need to think of strategies on how to
overcome the threats as the success of the city does not
just depend on short term resident population but also on
a large permanent resident population.

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