The Development Plan area, covering 56 sq.km, consists of Bhuj municipality, Mirzapar village and part of Madhapar village.

A base map was provided by GUDC, Gandhinagar at the start of assignment. Several studies were carried out for data collection and analysis includes:

1) Land use studies
2) Demography
3) regional content
4) Industry trade and commerce
5) Traffic and transportation
6) Reviews of damage assessment studies.
7) Review of geological, seismicity studies
8) Assessment of relocation needs
9) Inventions of government lands.
10) Social infrastructure
11) Physical infrastructure
12) Heritage
13) Informal sector
14) Urban design

In Order to make the development planning process as participatory as possible, a series of consultation with a cross section of stakeholders in Bhuj were conducted. The consultation exercise was designed to

(1) explain the process of development plan to stake holders
(2) clarify issues concerning the development plan which had been notified in 2001 by the Town Planning and valuation Department, Government of Gujarat
(3) Interact information from stake holders groups that would be necessary for preparing the conceptual plan and
(4) Receive feedback on the conceptual development plan to specific groups, particularly media, opinion leaders, representative of trade and people.

Formulation of Development Control Regulations

Development control regulations are the major tools for controlling the urban form of the city. Land use zoning determines appropriate use of urban land, while building bylaws ensures the suitable built form. The policy of facilitating urban development through private participation and public sector, as facilitator is the main thrust of the proposed Development Plan for BHADA area. The Development Control Regulations thus provide for conducive land development, and promotion of development activities and uses through Zoning and Building requirements.

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