‘State needs comprehensive development plans for coasts’ | Visakhapatnam News


Visakhapatnam: Experts at the National Town and Country Planners Conference emphasised that, in the wake of a three-capital proposal and a vast, vulnerable coastline, Andhra Pradesh needs a complete urban and rural development plan.
The conference, which started on Friday and will conclude on Sunday, is hosting discussion on the development of the state, especially its coastal region.
Head of department of planning at the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) at Vijayawada, Dr Abdul Razak Mohamed, was selected to provide recommendations on the Integrated Coastal Region Development Plan. The state government has also requested recommendations for the same. “Coastal area development is needed for AP as it has a long coastline of 974 km spanning across nine out of its 13 districts,” he told TOI.
The professor suggested the establishment of district development planning authorities, equipped to help in preparation of physical and strategic planning for districts. He said these bodies should also double as coastal planning authorities to coordinate development activities along the coast which is vulnerable to frequent damage. He also emphasised on the need for an urban development policy. “The policy should focus on the spatial distribution of population, employment, natural resources, poverty reduction among others,” he said.
According to ITPI president NK Patel, the conference will see 500 town and country planners of 24 regional chapters participating, some physically while others through virtual means. He said the conference will address challenges posed by climate change, water depletion among others. Experts in the planning sector, including Sujith Dongre of Goa, and joint director of coastal area development Dr Panigrahi along with others would give recommendations, which will be sent to the governments.


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