Granting respite to SAS Nagar residents, Punjab regional and town planning development board has approved relaxations in the master plan to allow the opening of more petrol pumps in the town, which at present has only five fuelling stations.
In a recent meeting of the development board, it was decided that petrol pumps would be allowed to operate next to sector roads and shopping streets.
The decision is likely to benefit residents as changes in Greater Mohali Aevelopment Development Authority's (GMADA) master plan would allow opening of more petrol pumps.
SAS Nagar town has only 5 petrol pumps, forcing residents to go to Chandigarh or other nearby towns for petrol and diesel.
With the changes in master plan, petrol pumps would be allowed to be opened on the sector road/ shopping street roads provided they comply with all the IRC guidelines.
Earlier, petrol pumps were allowed only on mixed zone/transport area in the earmarked zones. The decision to make changes in the master plan and allow opening of petrol pumps comes in wake of the increasing demand for petrol stations and the expansion of SAS Nagar town. At present, there is no petrol in Phase 1, Phase 6 and Industrial Area. Residents are dependent on just 5 petrol pumps for supply of fuel.
The board has approved relaxations in conditions for opening petrol pumps, thus paving way for setting up more petrol pumps in SAS Nagar town, Mullanpur, Kharar, Banur, Derabassi and Zirakpur.