The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) Chandigarh-Punjab chapter submitted objections and suggestions to the draft Chandigarh Master Plan 2031.
In the representation, Indian Institute of Architects has highlighted certain grey areas which need to be addressed before notifying the master plan. The IIA said a common controlling authority for Chandigarh and its periphery should be constituted and its recommendations should be thoroughly adhered.
The IIA also urged the administration that a separate department of landscape architecture should be set up for better integration and a comprehensive landscape development plan for the city, including Sukhna Choe, Patiala Ki Rao, The Capitol Complex, Rajendra Garden and the southern sectors should be prepared and implemented soon.
While on east and west ends of the city along the Patiala Ki Rao and Sukhna Choe, two more Leisure Valleys should be created.
The members of the institute called for re-densification of Phase 1 of the city and the existing infrastructure should be augmented accordingly.
The IIA rued that the master plan talked little about traffic management, despite mounting traffic and parking congestion being a serious issue.
The administration has recommended widening of major arterials like Madhya Marg, Dakshin Marg, Vidya Marg, Udyog Path and Udyan Path.