The Master Plan 2035 is the third statutory planning exercise carried out for Srinagar city so far. However; the question remains as to how much has been achieved on ground vis-à-vis the master plan targets during the plan period of more than four decades. The Government informed the High Court that Master Plan 2035 of Srinagar Metropolitan Region has been approved and will come into operation from the date of issuance of the notification.
In this regard, a notification and status report of Housing and Urban Development Department was submitted by Chief Town Planner, before the Court which states that in exercise of the powers conferred by the section 11 of Jammu and Kashmir Development Act 1970, the government hereby notifies that Master Plan 2035 of Srinagar Metropolitan Region as approved and forming Annexure to the notification which shall come into operation from the date of the issuance of the notification.
A status report was submitted by Chief Town Planner, Kashmir before the court, which states that the Town Planning Organisation Kashmir submitted the Master Plan 2015-35 Srinagar Metropolitan Region (SMR) to the Administrative department for seeking its approval from the SAC.
It is submitted in the report that the Master Plan 2015-35 Srinagar Metropolitan Region (SMR) also stands notified by the Administrative department Vide notification no SRO 160 dated 7 March 2019.
It further states that the Approved Copies of Master Plan-2035 of Srinagar Metropolitan Region have also been made available to the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Bandipora and Pulwama, besides Vice Chairman Srinagar Development Authority, Commissioner Municipal Corporation Srinagar both in Hard and Soft format for the information and inspection of general public.