MYSURU: Mysuru Urban Development Authority (Muda) is seeking to put Mysuru’s growth on the right track by guaranteeing that the heritage city retains its brand value as the planned city.
The leading Tier II city is building a peripheral ring road to ensure that the city’s development agenda doesn’t go kaput. The urban body on Saturday said that it will start the groundwork for the construction of the ambitious road during 2016-17. The stretch is proposed to be built factoring in the tourist hub’s growth over the next 25 years.
The Outer Peripheral Road (OPR) has also been planned to connect to some of the major tourist destinations around the city, like KRS and Nanjangud. OPR is proposed to be built 4km away from Outer Ring Road (ORR). Muda commissioner M Mahesh said that Rs 5 crore has been set aside for the survey work. “The project, proposed in Master Plan-2031, factors in the growth of the city in 25 years and a rise in vehicular population,” he said, announcing the OPR.
This comes 15 years after the Muda started the work on ORR, which helped the city expand its limits and improved realty sector. Though ORR was planned as a six-lane road, the urban body initially built a two-lane road and upgraded it with the funding from Centre under JnNURM. While the city has been accredited for its cleanliness – it was adjudged the Cleanest City in India for second time in mid-February — experts credited the achievement to its planners who focused on planned development without succumbing to any pressures.
Project for water security
The urban body, which has to factor in rapid urbanization, is also focusing on the drinking water supply project given that the population of the city is projected to double by 2031. Muda will take over 100 acres at Hale Undawadi, located near KRS backwaters, where Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board is planning to build a water pumping unit. The comprehensive water supply scheme is crucial for Mysuru’s water security, given that it proposes to lift water directly from the dam, unlike now as Cauvery water released into the river or canals is pumped to the city. Muda will seek changes in the notification issued for taking over land for the project. Last week, Mysuru City Corporation also okayed the project.
Streetlights, solar power
Muda is seeking to generate solar power and supply it to streetlights on 42 km of ORR. This is to cut down the electricity bills it is getting for supply of power to streetlights in layouts developed by it. It said it will set up a solar power generating unit near the ORR and generate 4 MW, which will be supplied to be used on the ORR. The excess power will be sold to the energy department, it stated. The solar power plant will require an investment of Rs 30 crore. Muda has set aside Rs 10 crore as an initial investment.
Credits ET Realty