After Master Plan-2031, the vision document of the city, was marred by inordinate delays before it was sent to the ministry of home affairs (MHA) last week, the Chandigarh administration is moving at a snail’s pace in finalising the new industrial policy and building bylaws for villages.
The UT department of industries formulated a draft of the new industrial policy in November last year and had initiated the process of inviting objections from other departments and stakeholders. However, no progress has been made in finalising the policy so far.
The administration had last formulated industrial policy in 2009.
In October last year, the ministry of home affairs had pulled up the administration for not having an industrial policy in place and had asked it to formulate a policy in line with the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act, 2006, which the Centre had formulated for overall growth of enterprises.
Similarly, the administration had prepared a draft of building bylaws for villages to put a check on haphazard urbanisation in rural areas in January last year. The department of urban planning invited objections from the general public in May last year.
Subsequently, around 40 objections from representatives of the villages were received.
Even after more than a year, the authorities so far have failed to finalise the draft before notifying the same. The authorities have undertaken the exercise of framing building bylaws for controlled development of villages for the first time.
There are 23 villages in the union territory, of which nine are under the control of the municipal corporation (MC).
When contacted, UT adviser KK Sharma said the industrial policy and building bylaws are correlated with the Master Plan. “As the Master Plan has been finalised now, we will focus on industrial policy and building bylaws for villages,” said KK Sharma.
The UT authorities started working on the Master Plan on directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court and an expert committee was constituted under the chairpersonship of chief architect Sumit Kaur to prepare a vision document for 2031.
The work on the preparation of Master Plan started in 2008, but its progress has been marred by delays and the administration had to seek several extensions for its completion.
After struggling for nearly six years, the authorities managed to send the final copy of the Master Plan to the ministry of home affairs last week for approval.
In the plan, the administration has taken into consideration the future requirements of the city residents by proposing development in various segments such as residential, commercial, industrial, public/semi-public areas, traffic, transport and green spaces.