Department of Town and Country Planning has its central office at Bengaluru headed by the Director of Town and Country Planning . It has four Divisional Offices at Bengaluru, Mysuru, Kalaburagi Headed by Joint Directors and Zonal Ofiice at Dharwad Headed by Additional Director and there are 30 branch offices headed by Assistant Director of Town and Country Planning as Unit Heads serving all the districts in the State.
Activities of the Department:
The Department of Town and Country Planning is mainly involved in the task of preparing Master plans and their enforcement and in extending technical assistance to various Government Departments/Local Bodies for the orderly development of cities, towns and villages. The main functions of the Town and Country Planning Department are;
Preparation of Master plans for cities, towns and potential villages, after conducting necessary physical and socio-economic surveys and obtaining approval from the Government under the Karnataka Town & Country Planning Act ,1961 for these plans;
Preparation of town extension schemes, development/ improvement schemes, rehabilitation schemes, ashraya schemes, and other such schemes
Assisting the Karnataka State Town and Country Planning Board and giving technical assistance to Urban Development Authorities/Planning Authorities in plan preparation, implementation and enforcement under the Karnataka Town & Country Planning Act, 1961;
Offering technical assistance to developmental agencies like Karnataka Housing Board, Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board, Karnataka Slum Clearance Board and other such agencies;
Design/approval of layout plans of private individuals, Organisations, Government and Quasi-Government agencies;
Furnishing of technical opinion to Revenue Department regarding conversion of agricultural land to non-agricultural uses;
Preparation of systematic, efficient and safe traffic management schemes and giving technical assistance to local authorities for the implementation of the same.
In the Central Office, the Director of Town and Country Planning is assisted by Joint Director of Town and Country Planning, two Deputy Directors of Town and Country Planning and four Assistant Directors of Town and Country Planning. A Gazetted Manager and an Accounts Superintendent look after administrative and accounts matters along with the supporting staff.
Acts within the jurisdiction of the Department.
Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, 1961.
Karnataka Urban Development Authorities Act, 1987.