To provide relief to the residents from snarling traffic jams and congestion, the Telangana government has planned to develop self-contained townships in the outskirts of the city. The move will also promote the ‘walk to work’ approach among the working population.
The Municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) department have started preparing plans and schemes on the project. The townships will be built under the Municipal Act and special incentives will be given to builders and developers to encourage them to develop such townships on the outskirts.
A senior official of the department on condition of anonymity revealed, “These self-contained townships will be developed under an act to decongest the city center as well as densely populated areas. Also, it will reduce the distance between the workplaces and their home.”
As per some experts, the current population of the Hyderabad city is 11,000 people per sq km which is expected to reach around 20,000 people per sq km in the coming few years. The same happened in Gurgaon a few years back after which various new localities have emerged around the outskirts of the city which today have become residential hubs. So, to keep the city ready for this, the government must remain prepared for this.
Proposing the areas which can be used for the development of self-contained townships, another senior MA&UD added that regions like Warangal, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, and Ramagundam have a great potential to adjust these townships.
Welcoming the move, GV Rao, President, Telangana Developers Association (TDA) said that the approach of the department to develop such townships to decongest the city is a much-needed step. At the same time, the government should focus on developing sufficient infrastructure in the areas to make it favourable for homebuyers.