Thiruvananthapuram: The civic body has decided to recommend the state government to cancel the Detailed Planning Projects (DTPs) of the city. The issue was placed on the agenda for the July 14 council meeting, which was apparently declared adopted amid a din. No discussion took place on the cancellation of DTP city ​​projects at the council meeting.
The move follows a high court directive on the variation of DTP schemes in civic bodies due to complaints raised by planning permission applicants.
The civic body assessed that the Interim Development Order (IDO) is in effect in the city in accordance with the land use pattern and major projects under the DTP projects have already been implemented in the city .
The company also noted that even without DTP schemes, the city’s land development will not be affected as IDO has been implemented. A meeting held on June 30 in the mayor’s room also confirmed this decision.
There are 12 DTP programs within the municipality. According to the procedure, a special committee must be formed to review the DTP schemes and suggest variations. This will then be approved by the council and forwarded to the state government. Even in the preparation of a draft master plan for 2040, the town planning department considered terminating existing DTP programs.
According to officials, all 12 DTPs are in the core area, which are already developed, and many provisions no longer matter. Also, revocation of DTP schemas in the draft master plan would conflict with variable schemas as per the HC directive.
Programs for places like Thampanor, KesavadasapuramChalai and Palayam were implemented after the formulation of the sanctioned master plan of 1971.
Frequently, building permit applicants raised concerns due to coverage restrictions and floor area ratio for constructions in locations where DTP programs were in effect. The Local Self-Government Department, which had rarely taken steps to revise urban and land-use plans in a timely manner, was forced to pay for its lethargy by giving in to popular calls for relaxations in the master plan provisions and zoning regulations.

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