As part of its plan to tame unplanned urbanization in the outskirts of the city, the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) recently decided to bring 10 villages under its overall master plan 2025. The project is aimed at earmarking land use categories in various areas of Dehradun and Mussoorie. The draft plan for these 10 villages has been cleared by the MDDA and it will now be thrown open for opinions and objections from the public, after which it will be finalised.
As many as 185 villages and two municipal areas – Dehradun and Mussoorie – are under the jurisdiction of MDDA. Of these, master plans have been prepared for 165 villages and Dehradun. Officials at the local decision-making agency said draft plan for 10 additional villages is also under way.
Waking up to the threat of unplanned urbanisation that has come with real estate boom in Dehradun’s outskirts, officials said the decision to streamline land-use will be beneficial for the city’s increasing population.
Speaking about the need of including more villages to the master plan, Prakash Chandra Dumka, secretary, MDDA, said, “It will be instrumental since land use will be clearly defined and people can directly approach us for development projects. Getting approval is often a tedious process due to lack of clarity in an area’s land use. Keeping the increasing population in mind, it was decided that more villages will be a part of the master plan 2025.”
Areas included in the master plan will have designated land usage till 2025 after which it will be revised. Some of the villages which are included in the draft plan are Doodhi, Kishanpur and Vidholi. Survey is being conducted for a few other rural areas such as Kali Ghat, Bekrana and Rikholi.