Proposal

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT CONTEXT

Planning for a city is continuous process. It involves initiation of changes in over all existing infrastructure and facilities to provide better quality of life to people. Meerut Cantonment is beautifully located. The basic postulates of Development plan for Meerut Cantonment are as follows

  1. Comprehensive Development forseeing the future context and present realities.
  2. Optimum use of land under Cantt Board management.
  3. Concentration on improvement of basic amenities i.e. Sanitation, Roads, Street Lighting, Medical and Educational etc.
  4. Development of adequate water supply system.
  5. Beautification and development of cross roads.
  6. Traffic Control and Installation of traffic signals.
  7. Efficient drainage disposal system.
  8. Development of market centers.
  9. Environmental improvement.
  10. Improvement in general administration.

IMPLEMENTATION STATUS

The goals set out in this Three year plan would be accomplished with timely execution of projects on the basis of targets fixed for each year. The resources would be mobilized with the revision of existing tax structure, development of market centers and with best utilization of vacant land to avoid grabbing, by land mafia in the Cantonment area.

STATUS OF LAND USE IN THE CANTONMENT

The goals set out in this Three year plan would be accomplished with timely execution of projects on the basis of targets fixed for each year. The resources would be mobilized with the revision of existing tax structure, development of market centers and with best utilization of vacant land to avoid grabbing, by land mafia in the Cantonment area.

MEERUT CANTONMENT: LAND USE (INSIDE CIVIL AREA)

S. No. Land use Category Type of land Land use area Additional Proposed Area Total Proposed area
1. 2.00 3. 4. 5. 6.
(4+5)

1.

Residential  

B-3 105.409 10.00 (C Land) 115.409

2.

Commercial 

B-3 54.92 0.809 (C Land) 55.729

3.

Vacant Land 

B-4 143.38 -- 143.38

4.

Industrial 

--     -- -- --

5.

Public Facility & Utility Services (roads, roads margins, parks , hospital, school, public market, etc 

‘C’ Class Land 166.88  

 
154.5336

6.

Recreational (Club, Cinema Hall, etc)

B-3 1.191 1.5374 (C Land) 2.7284

Total 

471.78

12.34 *

471.78

*12.34 acres of C Class land is proposed for construction of residential and commercial projects out of total

vacant class 'C' Land.

Population of Cantonment as per census 2001, including population of Military area is 90251, and per capita area under each category is very less than requirement of land for each category, which has been discussed in the proceeding paras.

RESIDENTIAL AREA

The total area of Meerut Cantonment is 8816.86 acres, out of which civil area of Meerut Cantonment is 471.78 acres. Population as per 2001 census was 66242 excluding the population of  24279 in Military area

HOUSING STATUS

Area at present under the management of Cantonment Board accommodates nearly 12500 housing units in the shape of various housing typology such as individual houses, multi family units, slum and scattered re-settlement, un-authorised colonies. As per the population of Meerut Cantonment which is about 1 lac for 12500 dwelling units, the family size average is 8 persons, per housing/dwelling unit, whereas the ideal family size should be 5 person per housing/dwelling unit. With the norm of Three persons per dwelling unit, the total dwelling units required for the population of 1 lac should be 20000. This would mean that Meerut Cantonment is having the shortage 7500 housing/dwelling units. The housing requirement for the present is estimated and detailed in the following table to avoid congestion in the civil areas managed by the Cantonment Board.

DETAILS OF HOUSING REQUIREMENT

The goals set out in this Three year plan would be accomplished with timely execution of projects on the basis of targets fixed for each year. The resources would be mobilized with the revision of existing tax structure, development of market centers and with best utilization of vacant land to avoid grabbing, by land mafia in the Cantonment area.

Year
Housing/Dwelling units
Housing/Dwelling units short age
Total Dwelling units required

2005 

12500

7500

20000

For this purpose, Cantt Board proposes to utilize 10 acres of land during the plan period to meet the residents requirement of dwelling units. The house proposed would be multi-storied due to the land scarcity.

POLICY INITIATIVE AREAS

Though housing development in Cantonment area would require the review of land policy, the matter would be taken up with the Govt. to relax rules in respect of land which is lying in isolated pockets, which cannot be put to independent use and is vulnerable to encroachment irrespective of management. If Govt. Would agree to, policy for construction and allotment of houses would be adopted similar to the Housing Development Board or Housing Development Authority. The houses would be disposed off by outright sale of land/floor space on market rate or would be leased out for 90 years after taking the cost of land/floor space on market rate. The details would be worked out separately under policy paper. This one time income received would thus improve financial position of the Board a lot, which would be supplemented with recurring income in the form of local municipal taxes.

This income would be re-cycled and utilized for major development activities. In the absence of Housing Development Activity pressure would be more on the existing dwelling units, which would result in uncontrollable, illegal unauthorized constructions in both vertical & horizontal encroachments on the Govt. land which would spoil original charm and beauty of Cantonment. Components of Housing Development would be:-

  • Group Housing Development based on Plot Development.
  • Group Housing and Corporate Development.
  • Multi - Stories Housing as per the Bye-laws framed/would be framed under Cantonments Act.

COMMERCIAL

The present commercial area in the Cantonment is Abu Lane, Sadar Bazar which is the main attraction for the Cantonment as well as the city population as the Market has open space for parking etc. which is rarely available in the markets situated in the city. For the size of Cantonment population and the population of the city who visit the Cantonment for marketing, the present market of Cantonment seems insufficient, small and congested. To avoid rush in the market and to increase the Board's revenue during the plan period, it is proposed to identify more area for development of markets. The Board has proposed to take up the following project during the plan period.

  • Cine Multiplex at B. No. 180 Abu Lane.
  • Multi level Parking complex at Mangal Panday Bazar
  • Multipurpose Community Hall.
  • Shopping Complex at Triangular Lal Kurti.

During the plan period the Board has proposed development of vegetable market and markets for retail commercial activities. The new market would be disposed off by sale on market rates of land/floor space. The income earned so would be utilized for the development of other major activities, like water supply and laying, sewerage lines etc.

DEVELOPMENT OF PARKS

Presently the Cantt Board is maintaining one public garden, shaheed smarak and Kranti Udyan at Mall Road. Besides, the Cantt Board is also maintaining large number of Parks which are well maintained. Musical fountain has been provided in the Gandhi Bagh. A large number of people besides from Meerut Cantt and City, also from Villages in vicinity visit Gandhi Bagh daily.

The Board has proposed to develop Children Park of Gandhi Bagh as a picnic spot. The rental will be auctioned and Board will fetch a handsome revenue of about Rs 8.00 lakh per annum approximately.

STADIUM

Cantt Board has proposed for the construction of Stadium having capacity of 12000 seats at an estimated cost of Rs 227.19 lacs with the following facilities.

  • Athletic Track
  • Football Ground
  • Basketball/Volleyball courts
  • Utility shops (sports)
  • Restaurant & toilet block
  • Common/Changing room
  • Parking

The Board will earn approx Rs 3.00 lac per annum from utility shops and restaurant. In this regard a proposal has been initiated for sanction.

Present View

Proposed View

TREE PLANTATION

Presently the road sides have been used for tree plantation. During the plan period the Board has proposed to use all the vacant class 'C' land for extensive plantation during the plan period.

The tentative expenditure on plantation of trees during the plan period would be Rs 5.00 lacs approx.

The following development proposals were forwarded to HQ Central Command Lucknow for sanction

1. CONSTRUCTION OF MULTIPLEX AT B. NO. 180, ABU LANE, MEERUT CANTT

Land generation - Rs. 74.25 lacs per annum

Class ‘C’ land

Mode of construction

BOT basis

Cost of construction

Rs. 20.00 Crores approx

Premium

Rs. 297.00 Lac Annual lease

Annual lease rent

Rs. 74.25 lacs

Revenue generation

Rs. 74.25 lacs per annum

Present View

4. IMPROVEMENT OF ABU LANA

This proposal is to improve the Abu Nala by providing rectangular boxes of RCC. This will help to improve the general sanitation of the Cantonment area. After covering of Abu Nala, about 63000 Sq Mtr land would be reclaimed to put it in use for creation of other facilities like parking slot, walking plaza & shopping Mall etc.

  • Cost of the project - Rs. 14.80 Crores
  • Revenue generation - Rs. 10 lac per annum

Present View

Proposed View<

5. UNDERGROUND SEWERAGE SCHEME

Cost of the project - 1598 lacs
1st Phase - 959 lacs
2nd Phase - 639 lacs
area to be covered - 471.78 acres


6.CONSTRUCTION OF STADUIM CUM SHOPPING COMPLEX AT BHANSALI GROUND


Cost of Project - 227.19 lacs
Capacity - 12000 seats
Area - 18090 Sq Mrt
Revenue generation - 3.00 lac per annum


Facilities to be created -


* Athletic track
* Foolball ground
* Basket ball/Volley Ball
* Utility shops
* Restaurant & toilet block
* Common/charging room
* Parking

OBLIGATORY

Lighting of Streets and other public places.


Sanitation of areas by cleaning of streets, roads, public places and drains etc.

DEVELOPMENT

Suggestion to improve the congested residential areas.

Development plan - Traffic regulation.

ALLOCATION

Multi level Parking Complex at Mangal Pandey Bazar.

Multipurpose Community Hall, BC Bazar.