Plans are afoot to accord Mullanpur the status of Notified Area Committee. Sources said that a notification to seek public objections in this regard would be issued within a fortnight or so.
Sources said that the proposal was awaiting a go-ahead from Punjab local bodies minister
Bhagat Chunni Lal.
As per the proposal, around 10 villages would be included in the NAC, including Mullanpur Garibdas, Milakh, Mastgarh, Dhanauran, Ratwara Sahib, Ferozepur Bangar, Salamatpur, Shingaruwala, Ranimajra, Paintput and Bharonjiyan.
The notification to seek public objections was expected in around 15 days, following which one-month time would be given to the residents to file objections. After the expiry of one month thereafter, the process to carve out wards of NAC would be taken up. As per the proposal, there would be 12-15 wards in the NAC.
Once wards demarcation is done, authorities would seek objections, following which election would be held.
Mullanpur has been touted as future Chandigarh. Bringing Mullanpur under the NAC would ensure planned urban development and is seen as a step towards providing area residents basic facilities like drinking water, sanitation, streetlights and wider roads.
The development assumes significance as a number of mega projects of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority and private developers are coming up in this area.
"The proposal had been sent to the government. Once it is cleared, the notification seeking objections will be issued," said SAS Nagar deputy commissioner Varun Roojam.
SAD leader and former MLA Ujagar Singh Badali said, "The NAC proposal has been cleared and the notification on objections is expected in around 15 days."