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KCCI pitches for Srinagar’s vertical growth, development along Bypass
jkupdate.com | 10-Nov-2017 02:28 AM
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  • In view of scarcity of land and ecological concerns, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has pitched for vertical growth of the summer capital and development along Bypass(File Photo)




SRINAGAR: In view of scarcity of land and ecological concerns, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has pitched for vertical growth of the summer capital and development along Bypass.

In its suggestions submitted to Srinagar Development Authority for Srinagar Master Plan (2015-35), the KCCI maintains that there is a great need for vertical expansion of the summer capital instead of low density horizontal development. 

The KCCI has also suggested that both sides of the Bypass from Athwajan to Parimpora need to be developed as commercial zones to reduce pressure on the main city. 

“There is a dire need to introduce major changes for optimum utilization of land and in this regard the Master Plan needs to keep in view the practical aspects of planning rather than relying on the theoretical side which results in wastage of land and minimum utilization. Such changes would provide a huge increase in available space for various land uses like residential, commercial, industrial, public, semi-public,” the KCCI suggested. 

“Both sides of the Bypass from Athwajan to Parimpora need to be developed as commercial corridor. It is recommended that an area measuring 500 meters from the centre of the road on either side needs to be reserved exclusively for commercial activities and for creation of commercial hubs,” the suggestions states.

KCCI has suggested that in view of the Bypass area being prone to flooding and the necessity for the area to act as an absorption bed during flooding, land filling of the area and raising of boundary walls needs to be strictly prohibited. “All constructions, whether commercial or residential, should be based on stilt foundations which have been proven to be successful in flood prone areas. The floors upto road level should be open and used only as parking areas of whatever construction is undertaken,” the suggestions states.

According to KCCI suggestions, a detailed zonal plan with regard to heritage markets of Downtown should be framed on priority basis. “The chamber recommends creating hotel zones in Downtown with both road as well as river connectivity wherever possible to ensure revitalization of core city. The poor condition of prestigious heritage markets in Downtown like Maharajgunj, Zainakadal etc is a matter of utmost concern,” KCCI states. 

Elaborating, it states that the idea of having hotel clusters on the riverbanks in such areas alongwith the renovation of heritage markets for display of handicrafts and other local arts would go a long way in providing better avenues for generating revenues for our economy as well as keep these areas maintained.

The KCCI underlines that along with the vertical expansion, there is an urgent need for creation of new business districts like the South Business District, North Business District so that economic growth is achieved in a balanced manner. 

“The areas already engaged in commercial activities like Karan Nagar, Batamaloo, Jawahar Nagar, Wazeer Bagh, Dalgate, Bishamber Nagar and Bypass from Athwajan to Parimpora need to be developed keeping in view the emerging commercial requirements of a vibrant economy. The main road stretches from Nowhatta - Buchpora and the Khanyar-Hazratbal- Soura Road as well as other similarly placed road stretches also require to be designated as commercial zones since the concept of having designated mini- markets to cater to neighboring residential areas is non-existent,” it states. 

With regard to Boulevard road, KCCI says “development authority shall examine and probe possibilities of future expansion of tourist facility in tune with ecological considerations of the areas.” “Also existing infrastructure shall be allowed to be reshaped, remodeled to meet future requirements of tourism,” it states.

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