Think Ahmedabad and you’d imagine swanky malls, high-end cars, good roads, the riverfront… But what does the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) members think about this city? “Ahmedabad is not a smart city,” is how CREDAI members began their presentation on a town planning scheme.
National-level town planners Keshav Varma, the 1976 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, and Mukesh Kumar, IAS, who is the Principal Secretary of Urban Development and Urban Housing Department, and members of the Housing and Urban Planning Department joined the conference to discuss how Ahmedabad can become a better city.
Real Estate Regulatory Authority chairman Amarjit Singh was also a part of the panel. The meeting was organised at the Riverfront recently. VOI has details of what transpired in the meeting. Most importantly, the urban town planning scheme was meant for newer locations of Ahmedabad, such as Vaishnodevi Circle and Shilaj. These areas are part of the sought-after localities. The plan stresses on infrastructure such as roads, drainage, drinking water, street lights, etc. The investment in the project is touted to be Rs 400 crore and the expected revenue for the government is pegged at Rs 1,000 crore. The area covered under the scheme is around 10 lakh var (one var is equal to 9 sq ft).
Samir Sinha, director of Savvy Infrastructure, and Tejas Joshi, president, CREDAI Ahmedabad-GIHED, and Managing Director at Vivan Infrastructure, presented the town planning scheme to the dignitaries. They began by presenting an image of Ahmedabad with potholes and infrastructure damage due to a mere five inches of rain recently.
To develop a planned city, some of the crucial elements presented by Joshi included a lake in the middle of every scheme to solve the water drainage problem, greener spaces, wider roads and footpaths. “CREDAI has developed a town planning scheme to give a demo on how Ahmedabad can have world-class infrastructure and ease of living. In the old city, we hardly see any drainage issues because it was planned well and we want to replicate the same for the newer areas of Ahmedabad,” Joshi said.
He added that just like RERA governs builders, CREDAI’s town planning scheme should also be a governing body for seamless implementation of the project. “Representatives who attended the meeting were impressed by CREDAI members’ presentation and it is likely that the plan will soon be implemented. The government looked positive to our suggestion,” he said.
In 2019, then CM Vijay Rupani had inaugurated the GIHED CREDAI property show in Ahmedabad and he also approved nine town planning schemes for urban areas. The schemes were for Nadiad and Wadaj.
Established in 1980 as a voice of the construction fraternity in the state, The Gujarat Institute of Housing and Estate Developers (GIHED CREDAI) has observed and studied the real estate and infrastructure sector of Gujarat. GIHED CREDAI has played a big role in Ahmedabad’s present standing as one of the hottest real estate destinations in the country.