Durgapur Master Plan has been created for Durgapur city. Durgapur is a city located in Paschim Bardhaman district, in the state of West Bengal, India. Durgapur is the third largest urban conglomeration in West Bengal and happens to be the second planned city of India after Chandigarh. The total population of Durgapur is 5,22,617. Males constitute 52% of the total population while females constitute 48% of the total population. Durgapur is the preferred gateway to the districts of Bankura, Birbhum (Bolpur, Kirnahar, Suri), and Purulia, which are not that well connected. NH 19 (old numbering: NH 2) passes through the city jurisdiction and SH 9 originates from Muchipara in the city. NH 14 (old numbering NH 60) passes through the north-western suburb of Pandabeswar and finally passes through Raniganj and heads away towards Orissa. It happens to be one of the very few cities that have an Asian Highway (AH) passing directly through the city jurisdiction.
The AH1 links Japan with Turkey,through Korea, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. Within the city private mini-buses are the cheapest and most convenient mode of transportation. They operate from Prantika to Station terminus, via different routes through the city. Some of them operate to other termini from Prantika, like Nadiha, Madhaipur, Kasba, Silly Ghat, etc. The nearest domestic airport is Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport. The airport is roughly 15 kilometers from Durgapur City Centre. It is India’s first private-sector Greenfield airport. It is located in a place called Andal. The latitude of Durgapur is 23.533440 and the longitude is 87.321930. It is located between the 23° 32′ 0.3840” N and 87° 19′ 18.9480” E.
Objectives of Durgapur Master Plan
The objective of the Durgapur Master Plan is to create enabling spatial and land use planning framework to achieve the Vision of Durgapur Master Plan in order to promote, guide and rationalize. The future growth and development of the urban centres, it will be critical to define their growth framework The future growth framework of the urban centres are defined by the Master Plan/Development Plans which are evolved for each settlement at individual level. Durgapur Master Plan has been considered as one of the most effective mechanism to promote planned growth of the urban centres. It lays down the road map, agenda and framework within which the city growth is envisioned. It provides a tool for the authorities to take decision with regard to current and future development related issues.
Durgapur Master Plan provides the framework for rationalizing the orderly movement of traffic and transportation within the city and defines the area for laying down net-work of various services. The plan is used for promoting integrated development of the urban centre by rationalizing its pattern of land use and their interrelationship. It also defines the strategies and solutions for overcoming the existing problems of the urban centres and to overcome its infrastructural and service related inadequacies. In addition, it provides options for accommodating the future addition to population which is likely to come to the urban centre due to natural growth and migration. Master Plan acts as a tool for determining the infrastructure cost which would be required to make the city sustainable. The plans offer futuristic solutions by laying down agenda for its growth and development.
Development Goals of Durgapur Master Plan
- Socially beneficial
- Regionally connected
- Environmentally sustainable
- Financially Viable
- Institutionally Executable and;
- Politically acceptable