Plans are afoot to prepare the next master plan for Yamuna Expressway region for next 20 years. Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) will shortlist a town planner and an architectural consultancy firm next month to prepare Master Plan 2041. Present master plan will come to an end by 2021.
Interestingly, the then town planner had estimated that by the end of 2021, about 21 lakh people would settle down in the colonies and apartments being developed along the expressway. This claim was justified then as YEIDA was sitting over the largest land bank spanning across six districts at that time. However, in reality hardly one percent of the estimation turned out to live in the region. Only a handful of apartments remain inhabited and a residential colony is yet to be developed.
According to the people in the know, the failure of the Jaypee Sports City and delayed payment by the group took a toll on the long-term planning of the area. However, the announcement of Jewar international airport has reignited the hopes of the Authority.
So, the task for the new town planner will be uphill one as he has to estimate the population of the region for next two decades which in turn will depend upon the development of various infrastructure projects. Initially, the focus will be on developing the land between Chola railway station to focus on promoting logistics and warehousing activity. YEIDA will also ask the consultant to make transport nodes and roads to boost the connectivity of Jewar airport to neighbouring districts as well as Haryana.