Hyderabad Urban Development Authority
|హైదరాబాద్ పట్టణ అభివృద్ధి సంస్థ|
|Type||Urban Planning Agency|
|Jurisdiction||Hyderabad Metropolitan Area|
17°21′57″N 78°28′33″E / 17.36583°N 78.47583°E
|Parent agency||Government of Andhra Pradesh|
The Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) was created in 1975, vide an act of the State Assembly of Andhra Pradesh. Its jurisdiction was expanded in 2008 by merging it with the surrounding mandals to form the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority.
This statutory authority was charged with the acquisition, planning and development of urban facilities and infrastructure throughout Andhra Pradesh, with powers to delineate urban areas and to set up development authorities in these areas. Its first Chairperson was Sarojini Poula Reddy, a Congress Party Member of the State Assembly. The first Vice Chairman and chief executive officer, was Vasant Bawa, of the Indian Administrative Services. The HUDA's first activities were in the Hyderabad metropolitan area. In early 1976 the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) from Ahmedabad was engaged to prepared a zonal plan, and Christopher Charles Benninger was engaged to prepare a low income township at Yousufguda, which included more than 2000 "growing houses" on plots ranging from two hundred to one thousand square feet. The idea was to provide a hygienic wet core for each house, a plinth and to allow the participants to construct their won homes. Paved footpaths, street lighting, water supply and sewerage were provided. Participants were extended low interest loans through the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), a central development finance agency. The Authority is currently in the process of being expanded to form the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority(HMDA).
The Chief Planner of HUDA was Anant Bhide, a professional architect and urban planner.