Ghaziabad development body’s board okays transit-oriented development along RRTS corridor

GHAZIABAD: The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) board has given its go-ahead for
developing a transit-oriented development (TOD) zone along the Regional Rapid Transport
System (RRTS) corridor. However, it has scrapped the Vaishali to Mohan Nagar ropeway
At its meeting in Meerut on Wednesday, the board decided to declare up to 1.5km on both sides
of the rapid rail alignment as TOD zones, a move that would boost the real estate sector, and
incorporate the same into the city’s Master Plan-2031.
“The GDA board has passed the proposal on TOD around the seven RRTS stations. The board
has instructed the GDA to invite objections or suggestions from the public before including the
same in the Master Plan-2031,” said Brijesh Kumar, secretary, GDA.

In September this year, the UP government came up with the TOD policy. The incorporation of
the TOD zone will result in higher floor area ratio (FAR) which will be increased between 33%
and 50% of the base FAR of 1.5.
“In Ghaziabad, areas like Guldhar, Duhai, Muradnagar and Modinagar, where the land use is
mostly agricultural, stand to gain. It will be changed to mixed, residential and commercial, which
will give a boost to the real estate sector in the areas,” said an official from the GDA.
“The increased FAR along the TOD zone will ensure vertical growth in the influence zone and
multi-storey buildings will allow more floors,” he said. As per one estimate, about Rs 1,500 crore
of revenue is expected annually from the TOD zone, which will be divided equally among the
GDA and the NCRTC.
Meanwhile, the board scrapped the ropeway project between Vaishali and Mohan Nagar. “The
board was of the view that the original mode of commuting, which is metro rail, should not be
tampered with,” said Kumar. “This also means that the Neo metro proposal has also been kept
on hold.”
Other proposals which were taken up in the GDA board meeting included investing Rs 23 crore
on 480 housing units in Noornagar under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

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