Taking up a public interest litigation filed by Kharar residents' welfare association seeking directions for revising Kharar town's master plan within a time frame, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday issued notices of motion to the Punjab government, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and Kharar municipal council to submit their response.
The association informed the division bench headed by justice Hemant Gupta that the existing master plan was in contravention of ground realities and cannot be implemented effectively which was hampering development of the area.
The court was also requested to direct the authorities concerned not to implement the original controversial master plan till the same was revised after taking into consideration the objections and the ground realities. It was submitted that the master plan of Kharar had been prepared without carrying out any survey as densely populated approved residential areas have been shown in the master plan as green belt. Though the inhabitants have left requisite land on both sides of the road as per the public works department (PWD) norms, in spite of the same under the garb of widening of roads, the residential area has also been taken into the plan, it was submitted.
Though the concerned board had appreciated the difficulties pointed out by the residents regarding implementation of the master plan, till date in spite of numerous representations it had not been revised, the petitioner association submitted. It was further added that "abadi" (land used for habitation) in the surrounding villages of Kharar township had been proposed for agriculture zone and sports zone.
The case will now come up for hearing on September 23.