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Old Posted Jan 14, 2010, 11:48 AM
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GIDA back in action

KOCHI: After years of slumber, the Goshree Islands Development Authority (GIDA) has switched over to active mode by completing the first phase of master plan preparation. In the second phase, KITCO will prepare a master plan for the integrated development of the islands to be implemented in the next 20 years.

As part of the first phase the local bodies coming under GIDA will get up to Rs 50 lakh each to implement various projects designed by them.

Kuzhuppilly, Pallipuram, Edavanakkad, Nayarambalam, Njarackal, Elamkunnappuzha, Mulavukad and Kadamakkudy panchayats and Thanthonni Thuruth, Fort Vypeen and Gund Island come under GIDA.

“The first phase of the project will be submitted before the next general council of GIDA to be held soon. After getting the approval, funds will be disbursed to the local bodies to go ahead with the project which includes road work as well,’’ said District Collector M Beena who is also the secretary of GIDA.

“KITCO will submit the master plan in April, 2010. Once implemented it will be a guideline for the comprehensive development of the islands,’’ Beena said.

The master plan will focus on the requirements of the areas under GIDA for the next 20 years. It will cover 18 important areas of development including infrastructure, resources, transportation, housing and shelter, special problem areas, special attention areas, development and management and integration of various agencies.

The master plan will consist of the present status, future requirement in each area and the projects to be implemented. A land use policy will be formulated as part of the master plan.

The land use plan, which is a part of the land use policy, will lay down clear directions for using land under GIDA. Zonal restrictions will be implemented as part of the plan. Industrial, housing and infrastructure projects will be approved based on zonal restrictions. Once the master plan is implemented suggestions will be invited from the public. After considering the suggestions and objections the master plan will be submitted for state government’s approval.

The project is envisaged to cover all the developmental needs of the areas under GIDA.
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