The town and country planning department of Haryana has approved the Pinjore-Kalka Urban Complex 2031 master plan. The information in this regard has reached the Panchkula district town planner’s office on Monday.
Spread over 33 sectors, the plan has been prepared to accommodate a population of around 5 lakh by 2031 with a density of around 100 persons per hectare. The total area of the town is 4,777.32 hectares (11,800 acre) which includes 965.59 hectares (2,385 acre) of built-up area. It will be more than double the area of Panchkula Urban Estate which has an area of around 5,000 acres.
“The amendments in the plan have been carried out on the basis of ground realities and we increased the applicability from 2021 to 2031. The satellite imagery has been used and plan is now georeferenced,” said district town planner Hitesh Sharma, who has finalised the plan.
An area of 1,100.13 hectares has been proposed as residential which will accommodate a total population of 3.79 lakh persons. In addition to the area within the municipal boundaries of Pinjore and Kalka residential colonies of HMT, Amravati Enclave has also come up. Outside the MC limit, the residential sectors have been proposed in the area lying on both sides of national highway-5 (earlier it was NH-22) between Pinjore and Kalka, adjacent to HMT colony and Amravati Enclave.
The plan says, at present, the commercial area mainly exists along the NH-5 in both towns. Additional commercial area of 243.32 hectares is proposed in the form of commercial belts along the 60-metre wide road linking Nalagarh road with Kalka town. The area between the Kaushalya river and NH-5 near Surajpur is also proposed to be developed as commercial, with sector 1 and 6 and sector 22 proposed as city centre and sector 31-A as district centre. A commercial belt has been proposed in sectors 16, 17, 18 and 19. There would be neighbourhood shopping centres within each residential sector.
As per the plan, “Except for industrial area of HMT Kalka and Pinjore, towns lack in industrial activities and 598.78 hectares is proposed under industrial use along the Pinjore-Nalagarh road. Since the town is well connected with rail and road network it has the potential for industrial development. The industrial area of Panchkula has already exhausted. Therefore, Pinjore has great scope for industrialists of Panchkula. Only non-polluting industries will be allowed to be set in the proposed industrial area, Phase 2, along the Pinjore-Nalagarh Road (NH-21A).”
“Yadavindra Gardens is the only organised park, which is famous in the surrounding region, otherwise both towns lack organised open spaces along NH-5 and NH-21A. Similarly, a 100-metre green belt is proposed along the Pinjore-Parwanoo bypass,” says the plan.
It adds, “The area along the ‘Jhajjra nadi’ has been proposed as leisure valley. Other low-lying areas, along the rivulets, will also be developed as recreational spaces. In addition, parks will be developed in each residential sector at appropriate places on acquisition of land by following the neighbourhood concept of sector planning. A stadium is proposed along the ‘Jhajjra nadi’ which will be accessible from NH-5.
Approximately 1295.41 hectares has been proposed under parks and recreational use.”
PUBLIC AND SEMI-PUBLIC
Regarding institutional buildings, the plan comments, “At present, various offices are scattered in Pinjore and Kalka towns, therefore it is very important to earmark public and semi-public zones at strategic locations. The towns also lack in higher order medical and educational facilities.” It has earmarked 83 hectares in sector 20 and part of sector 21 for institutional buildings, and since Kalka is sub-division therefore one sector is proposed near the existing town where the block development panchayat officer’s (BDPO) office, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) office and circuit house have already been constructed. Also, a sector has been proposed for public and semi-public use along the Pinjore-Nalagarh road.