We are one and a half years behind master plan 2035




Bhopal’s new master plan came late by 18 years, and Indore also bears the loss of the delay in the master plan.


We are one and a half years behind the master plan for 2035.


Plan: roads still incomplete, sports and transportation hub stuck, no expansion of BRTS; new ring road and bypass also draught


The master plan for Bhopal was implemented after a delay of 18 years. The same is true of the master plan for Indore. The Master Plan 2021, which was to be implemented in 2001, came into force in 2008. Now the Master Plan 2035, which was to be implemented in 2021, is also one and a half years behind. So far, only the base map has been prepared. There is still a lot of work to be done, like data study, data analysis, future planning, and physical verification. This entire work may take another year. According to the provisions of the previous plan, which were to be implemented by 2021, many major works have not been done so far.


  • Master plan roads like MR-3 and half of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, and 12 are incomplete.


  • More than 15 roads were vandalized, but TDR was not implemented. Similarly, even the land bank could not be formed.


  • A development fund was proposed to be set up to develop the city’s infrastructure. This, too, could not happen.


  • Two zonal plans were made, and the process of making two was started. Till now, not a single one has materialized.


  • Sports hubs and transport hubs both did not develop. Responsible IDA. Its exercise has been going on since 2009.


  • The TOD policy could not be implemented. Greenery grew on the dividers in the name of the “green belt. Dhabas, marriage gardens, houses, and illegal colonies were built on the land of the green belts or regional parks proposed in the plan.


  • The brunt of the delay in the master plan was that the houses were demolished, but the TDR policy has not yet been implemented.


  • A new railway station was proposed at Kumedi, but it was not built. The expansion of the existing station is also limited to only one new platform. BRTS also could not be expanded. A new ring road and a new bypass are also on paper now. The Western Ring Road could not be built, even after years.


  • The Super Corridor was planned for vertical development, but neither the IDA could build a 25-story building nor did the private sector get the facilities to build a high-rise.


Expert Amit Sethi, Architect and Urban Planner


Population data is only 12 years old; in such a situation, it is challenging to classify the plan area.


Correct data on the population of any city is necessary for its future planning. Right now, we have only the data from the 2011 census. In such a situation, how the planning area will be classified on the basis of economic, social, age, skills, and health is a big question. Reasons for the number and arrival of floating populations (a fixed population that stays somewhere for a fixed time) have to be found. From which direction do they come, and why? The age group helps in an accurate assessment of which child is getting educated and when. When will he want employment? What are the skills? What are the options we have for that? Similarly, other types of data, including health and education, will also have to be collected. How will the number of trees, their types, their condition, animal conservation, and water conservation change?


The draught plan of the master plan will be ready by the end of this year.


The work of marking (base map) the major properties of Indore has been completed on the satellite images received from the Remote Sensing Authority of India regarding the master plan of Indore. Its road circulation work is in the final stages. This time, the plan will be released in three volumes. The purpose behind this is that even the common man can understand the provisions of the master plan very easily. The draught plan will be ready by the end of this year. SK Mudgal, Joint Director, Town, and Country Planning