Following is an excerpt from a report in Telegraph.

The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has proposed to establish a satellite city, the first of it kind in Orissa, on the outskirts of the capital city. The new city will be set up over 1200 acres of land encompassing four villages of Jagasara, Madanpur, Jagasarapatna and Kaimati of Jatni and Khurda municipalities, 25 km from Bhubaneswar Municipal limits.

…“The city will house nearly one lakh people in its 20,000 dwelling units. It will cater to the needs of all sections of people – low-income group (LIG), middle-income group (MIG) and high-income group (HIG). The cost of a house for the low-income group people might start from Rs 2 lakh. Separate projects for water supply and electricity would be undertaken,” said Singhdeo.

“Emphasis would be given to provide separate houses to those families who would provide daily services to 20,000 housing units. This would help the city remain slum free,” said the vice chairman.

Twenty per cent of the total housing units with fixed construction area will be reserved for the LIG and MIG groups. The cost would range between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 10 lakh. However, there will be no restriction for the HIG group. They can buy plots and houses according to their financial capacity.

The new city is a major component of the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) prepared by the IIT Kharagpur. The CDP has given emphasis on two important aspects that have direct bearing with the denizens – insufficient houses and transport problem. Moreover, according to the CDP, the issue of the demand for housing will be resolved on a priority basis.

“The demand for proper accommodation has triggered the satellite city concept. The satellite city, planned on the fringes, is a first attempt of BDA. After the successful execution of this ring town, couple of other satellite cities would be planned as the operational area of BDA is expanding,” said the vice-chairman.

The satellite city, planned over 1200 acres, includes 94 acres as government land which has already been handed over to BDA. The BDA has started the construction of a boundary wall earmarking the land. Rest of the area would be acquired by the private parties. Details of the rehabilitation of people who are likely to be ousted are being worked out.

ILFS-IDC, an international construction company, has been appointed as the advisor for this new project, which will be developed on private public partnership (PPP) mode. About 30 private investors of national and international repute have participated in the tender process.

…, the BDA has decided to develop the satellite city like that of Navi Mumbai. The BDA has started developing infrastructure over 94 acres of government land. The process of acquiring private land has not been started yet. …

“The satellite city will house 60 feet to 200 feet wide roads and all drainage and sewerage system would be laid underground,” said the minister adding that the private investors would prepare their mater plan accordingly.