The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) has raised the demand of incorporating need-based provisions in the commercial areas in the draft master plan-2031.
The CBM has suggested increase in the floor area ratio (FAR) of shop-cum-flats/ shop-cum-offices (SCFs/SCOs) from 2.5 to 3 in the Phase 1 of Chandigarh.
The CBM also raised the demand for allowing commercial activities on the first and second floor of SCFs/SCOs in the city.
In the objection letter, the CBM stated that during the passage of 60 years Chandigarh had fully developed and the concept of SCF had become obsolete and no one was residing on the upper floors.
Due to paucity of commercial space in the city and limitation of vertical and horizontal expansion of these SCFs as well as display and sale of variety of consumer products, the commercial activities have expanded to upper floors.
Keeping this in view, the administration has already allowed commercial activities at these floors to selected trades such as gym, health club, coaching classes, educational institutes etc. Therefore, to do justice with all types of traders, the commercial activities of all types of trades should be allowed on first and second floors.
The other demands included provision of depressed floor at ground floor, along with mezzanine floor, display panels for upper floors, permitting height of 9 feet and 6 inches at the second floor of SCOs converted from SCFs in all markets, including grain market, multi-storeyed and underground parking in markets, implementation of apartment Act and general proposals for all shopping centres in the city.
The CBM also submitted suggestions for the Sector-17 city centre market. The traders have called for utilisation of open front and rear verandahs of first and second floors.