The Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA) is drafting a comprehensive ‘sector-wise development’ plan of several regions falling under its purview in order to expand the urban areas across the temple city.
Giving details of the master plan and the upcoming developmental activities in Tirupati, G. Narasimha Yadav, Chairman of TUDA, highlighted that in cities like Chandigarh, the ‘sector-wise developmental plans’ had shown good results. He suggested that implementing a similar idea or action plan, tailor-made to the existing requirements, could go a long way in contributing towards the development of the temple city
“During our recent study tour, to learn about the best practices being implemented across the country, this particular model seemed promising. Each individual sector houses a population of nearly 36,000, who will have access to all facilities and amenities, besides simultaneously working on the development of the region,” he said.
Srikalahasthi-Renigunta, Puttur-Nagari, Rayalacheruvu Road and Chandragiri are the areas which are identified for the establishment of 10-12 sectors.The upcoming projects would not only be city-centric but also focus on improvements beyond the city, so as to accommodate future changes,
“One of our main priorities is to reduce traffic congestion across the city. For this, we are focussing on improving road connectivity. With support from the Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT), we plan to reduce the traffic congestion by 30%,” he said.
In addition to this, a survey was also conducted to examine the possibility of constructing flyovers at several places, also a part of the master plan, to reduce traffic congestion. He said that the first phase of the Vaikuntamala project and an ‘economic zone’ at Settipalli will be implemented soon.
“Besides this, we are also planning to utilise the lands in all the nine mandals to develop facilities based on the needs of the region,” he said. The Family Entertainment Centre, which would house a multiplex, commercial complexes, food courts and several other amenities. expected to come up in the heart of the city, would be set up at a cost of INR 25 crore.