The Primary Objective of the SDA is to implement the Master Plan proposals so that the city is developed  in a planned manner. Master Plan is an overall plan prepared for the horizon period of twenty years as per the J&K Development Act 1970, covering all aspects like Housing, Traffic & Transportation, physical infrastructure e.g, electricity, Sewerage, Drainage, Water Supply etc; social  infrastructure like education, health security, religious etc, Tourism, Trade & Commerce, Industry, Commercial recreation  etc. The new colonies/amusement parks/recreational facilities/ Shopping Malls/parking Lots are developed as per the prescribed planning norms so as to put a check on the haphazard growth.

As per the  Development Act 1970, Master Plan has to be revised/updated after every five years indicating the new development which would have taken place over the time.