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‘Walk to Work’ concept

6th November, 2020 Polity

Context: The Telangana government has come up with an elaborate policy for development of integrated, self-contained townships outside the Outer Ring Road providing office, residential, institutional and commercial facilities at one place, along with all the infrastructural amenities.

  • Rules and guidelines for the policy — The Telangana Comprehensive Integrated Township Policy Rules - 2020 — based on ‘Walk to Work’ concept, stipulate that the townships should be developed in a minimum 100 acres, at least five kilometres away from the nearest outer boundary of the Outer Ring Road.
  • A minimum of 25 % and up to 50 % of the net area of the township, after provision of facilities such as roads, green spaces and open spaces, should be utilised for setting up a Work Centre — an all inclusive term for offices, commercial spaces, market, industry, transportation, and recreation spaces.
  • Of the remaining portion, not less than 50 % of the net area should be set apart for residential purposes.
  • The township should also provide educational and healthcare facilities, public utilities, and public transport.
  • The norm for 10 % area for parks/gardens/playgrounds should be adhered to, and any allocation beyond will be exempted from the Change of Land Use charges.
  • Design efficiency should aim at eco-friendly building concepts, energy conservation, zero waste, and better management of stormwater.

All income groups

  • A minimum 10 % of the total dwelling units should be in the category of EWS and LIG.
  • Exemption will be 90 % on development charges on land, 100 % on built up area for EWS and LIG housing, 75 % for MIG, and 50 % for HIG dwelling units.
  • Cent percent rebate on property tax is applicable for common facilities, and 50 % for all other properties, for five years.
  • Five-year deferment is allowed on impact fee, while 100 % exemption is given on capitalisation charges.