DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand is looking at urbanization of the state by means of land-pooling schemes around places where new means of transport are coming up in the future. This includes various airstrips and national highways in places like Roorkee, Gairsain and Dehradun amongst others where authorities have decided on developing townships in a methodical manner similar to Mussoorie.
The residents will now also have more opportunities to buy properties in these areas.
The most likely locations for urbanization are in Chinyalisaur airstrip in Uttarkashi which is going to be functional soon, Gairson in Chamoli, Nainital, Almora and Selaqui in Dehradun. Speaking about the project, Meenakshi Sundaram, secretary, Uttarakhand Housing and Urban Development Authority (UHUDA), said, “We have hired Ernst & Young as consultants for the project who will give us detailed report after conducting a survey of these areas. The whole exercise should take about 6 following which we will have a clear picture about the long and short term goals for the townships.”
The townships will have a mix of commercial and residential properties and are being developed with the aim to boost the state’s economy as well as tourism.
Elaborating further, Sundaram said, “We are looking at developing these townships wherever is potential for growth in terms of transport like in the case of Roorkee, which is going to have a new 4-lane highway to Dehradun very soon. Incidentally Roorkee also happens to be the place where maximum urbanization has been noticed after our initial surveys which is most likely because of industrialization in that area.”
Sundaram also said, “It is natural for urbanization to happen around places where good connectivity is available, so instead of letting it happen on its own, we have decided to do planned urbanization.”
The land which is going to be used to develop these townships will be done under land-pooling scheme land owners can surrender their land holding into a central pool and be a stakeholder to the development of their proposed land.
“This is good news for prospective buyers like me since we will now have options to acquire property around the state since it has been difficult in the last few years due to the increasing population. I am hoping the property will be reasonably priced in these new townships,” said CP Aggarwal, a local resident.
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