HC pulls up UT for delay in completion of master plan

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 20, 2014 11:10 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday pulled up the Chandigarh administration for not adhering to its commitment given to the court of completing the master plan to ensure planned development of the city by March 2011 and seeking more and more time from the court.

The division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Arun Palli directed Chandigarh’s chief architect Sumit Kaur, present in court, to submit the master plan to UT administrator within 10 days so that it could be forwarded to the union ministry of urban development for finalisation at the earliest.

The development took place during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation filed by one Gurbax Singh Shergill seeking directions for preparation of Chandigarh’s master plan for planned development of the city and its periphery.

Central government’s senior counsel special engage-ment Onkar Singh Batalvi informed the court that the urban development ministry had directed the Chandigarh administration to complete the master plan by March 2011, but even after three years, the administration was sitting on t he directions.

On this, the court also directed the urban development ministry’s secretary to convene a meeting of the co-ordination committee comprising Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh at the earliest.

The secretary has been directed to bring representat ives of both the states as well as the union territory on a single table for coming up with a solution for planned development of Chandigarh’s periphery.

The case has now been adjour ned for next hearing to August 4 and for submission of the status report.

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