Town-Planning Scheme (TP Scheme) is a crucial planning tool used in Gujarat which allows appropriation of land for public purposes such as building street networks, social amenities and other infrastructure. TP Schemes help organize urban growth in a planned manner and taking this purpose to an optimal further, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), on Tuesday, incorporated a new provision.
Henceforth, space for street vendors and public parking lots will no longer be an arbitrary provision under “social infrastructure” in TP Schemes. Such spaces will be clearly marked.
Currently, there are 272 TP Schemes in Ahmedabad city that have met with approval at various levels. In such cases, further action will be taken only after approval from a competent authority.
In all draft or upcoming TP Schemes, space of upto 1% of the total plot size marked for social infrastructure will be reserved for parking purposes. Also, 0.1% to 0.5 % of the land earmarked for street vendors will be reserved for parking.
The new circular was issued on Tuesday by chief city planner, Chaitanya Shah, who briefed that going forward, all overview must prioritise roads with a width no less than 18 m.
He added: “The provision of 1% parking space has been made to ease traffic problems. At the time of drafting new TP Schemes, plots ranging in size between 0.10% to 0.50% of the scheme, will have to be reserved for street vendors.”