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Finalization of draft Master Plan for Patnitop’s development still remains least priority

Last Updated on October 16, 2021 at 10:22 am

Master Plan for the development of the famous tourist destination Patnitop and its adjoining areas are not taken seriously as the draft of the plan is still not finalized.

The first Master Plan for Patnitop was prepared in 1995 and later Patnitop Development Authority decided to revise the Master Plan and the task was assigned to Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) Ahmedabad through a formal agreement dated September 17, 2011.

After several years, the draft of the Master Plan was put in the public domain for inviting objections and suggestions in early 2017. But it was noticed that Khasra Numbers of the land proposed for different activities were not mentioned in the draft Master Plan as neither Patnitop Development Authority authorities paid any attention towards this nor the CEPT sought this vital data from the Revenue Department.

During the period of finalization of draft Master Plan, more areas by government were brought under the jurisdiction of Patnitop Development Authority.

Thus, process of redrafting the draft Master Plan began and then again the document was put in the public domain. All the objections and suggestions along with the comments of the concerned authorities were then submitted to the CEPT for incorporation in the revised draft and submission to the Patnitop Development Authority for onward placement before the Government for approval.

Many official meetings of the Tourism Department were held on this but no final decision has so far been taken even by the present government.