The cancellation of proposed phase3 of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP) by Supreme Court has come as a major blow to the UT administration, as this will further delay the completion of much-awaited master plan 2031 of the city.
The authorities had prepared a draft of the master plan, which was to be notified for inviting objections and suggestions from the public shortly. The plan has already been marred by delays and the administration had to seek several extensions from the Punjab and Haryana high court for its completion. Thursday's decision of the apex court will cause further delays to the plan.
The administration had earmarked 288 acres of land for the Phase3. Besides setting up infrastructure for IT/ITES/BPO companies, including low density and low-rise buildings, the administration was planning to set up housing and hostels facilities as well.
Though the UT chief architect Sumit Kaur is yet to get a copy of the order, but she maintained that the decision would cause a delay, as they will be forced to review the master plan, which will take time.
According to sources, the decision of apex court has made things difficult for the administration, which was already struggling to complete the master plan. "It will take considerable time to complete the master plan. Moreover, the UT stands to lose business also," said an official.
From the phase3, the administration had pinned hopes on attracting investments worth more than Rs 2,000 crore and employment for over 30,000.
The UT authorities started working on master plan on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court and an expert committee was constituted under the chairpersonship of Sumit Kaur to prepare a vision for 2031.
After working on it for more than two years, the department of urban planning prepared a master plan of Chandigarh 2031 keeping the future requirements of the residents in mind. The master plan proposes development of residential, commercial, industrial, public/semi-public areas, traffic, transport and green spaces.
As per the expansion plans of the administration, besides the Metro, several commercial belts, earmarked area for marriage palaces, two freight stations, an exclusive trauma centre, solar park and wildlife corridor are on the priority list.
June 2006: 272 acres proposed to be acquired for IT Park Phase3 in Kishangarh village up to December 2009
June 2006: Notification issued for acquisition of 104.83 acres
April 2007: Farmers move Punjab and Haryana high court
March 2010: MHA audit points out glaring discrepancies in the project
October 2010: MHA puts land acquisition process on hold
March 2012: Petition of farmers dismissed by high court; decks cleared for land acquisition
October 2012: Supreme Court sets aside land acquisition