The UT administration has decided to crack the whip on industrialists who have opted for conversion of their plots, but have not adhered to norms pertaining to the mandatory provision of parking lots on their premises.
Motorists visiting Industrial Area can be seen having a tough time in finding parking for vehicles, especially during weekends. The UT administration has finally woken up to the plight of motorists and has decided act tough against those violating the norms.
A survey of the converted plots has been initiated to identify those flouting the laid down rules pertaining to parking.As per the rules, in plots measuring 2 kanal, parking for 34 cars is required against the covered area of 18,000 square feet. In case of plots of 4 kanal and up to 1 acre, the owners have to make a provision for parking of 66 cars against the covered area of 36,000 square feet.
Similarly, for plots measuring 1 acre and above, parking space to accommodate 160 cars is required on premises.
There are around 150 converted plots in both phases of Industrial Area and they all have created parking lots on their premises to fulfil the condition for getting the building plans sanctioned.
However, only a handful of them allow vehicles to park as a result the visitors are forced to use roads in front of hotels and malls.
Owing to unfettered parking on both sides of almost all roads near hotels and malls, traffic flow is obstructed, leading to chaos.
According to sources, majority of the converted plot holders are using parking lots for commercial activities or other purposes.
Confirming the development, UT SDO ( buildings) Suresh Kumar said a team has been set up to conduct the survey and action would be taken against those found flouting the norms. He added that the exercise would be completed in week’s time.
The administration has been drawing flak for not planning accordingly while introducing the conversion policy, which resulted in present situation of traffic chaos.
The draft Chandigarh Master Plan-2031 prepared by the administration has also highlighted the problem of traffic chaos in the area.
The master plan has stated that existing road network and parking areas are insufficient to handle the increased flow of traffic owing to large-scale commercial activity, especially with the coming up of malls and multiplexes that have resulted in traffic bottlenecks.
The administration had introduced the ‘Chandigarh conversion of land use of industrial sites into commercial activity/services in Industrial Area, Phases 1 and 2’ scheme vide notification issued on September 19, 2005.
The scheme was initially floated for two years, but later extended by six months. The policy was withdrawn on March 18, 2008.