Madhya Pradesh state cabinet is likely to give a go ahead for in-principle approval to transit-oriented development (TOD) policy. The measure, which comes ahead of new master plan for Bhopal, would allow increased floor area ratio (FAR) in new and existing buildings along select locations near public transport nodes. This would likely to have a bearing on land use and planning. TOD would result in a policy for planned organic development. New city development plan would promote vertical development in TOD zones.
Increase in existing differential floor-space index (FSI) would be permitted in locations which are no more than six minutes walking distance away from a public transport node. Once approved, the TOD would have a substantial bearing on cities like Bhopal the master plan of which are in the works. Agencies like Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) would identify nodes or location, where more commercial and residential would be permitted.
It may be recalled here that in 2016, a policy backed by the World Bank consultation to promote use accessibility, connectively, non-motorised transport in the city or TOD was envisaged.