The UT administration has yet again failed to meet another deadline for finalising the much-awaited Master Plan-2031 for the city.
The preparation of the master plan had started in 2008, but its progress has been marred by delays and the administration has had to seek several extensions.
On December 19, 2012, after toiling hard for over three years, UT chief architect Sumit Kaur had submitted the draft of the master plan to the UT administrator Shivraj Patil, who had given her 10 days' time for submitting the final copy.
However, even after three weeks, the chief architect has failed to comply with the directions of Patil.
Though the chief architect was not available for comments, UT finance-cum-urban planning secretary VK Singh said that a lot of deliberations were required before the master plan could be finalised.
He further said, "Such projects need time and cannot be wrapped up in haste. After ensuring that all the aspects have been covered, the draft will be notified to invite objections and suggestions from the public."
After the notification of the draft plan, the administration would give a few weeks' time to the city-residents to articulate their suggestions and objections. The draft would be notified through gazette and a public notice in newspapers. The final notification would appear after considering all the suggestions and objections raised by the residents.
According to sources, the architecture department would take another couple of months to complete the task at hand.
How it began?
The UT authorities started working on the master plan on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court, and an expert committee was constituted to prepare a vision for 2031 under the chairpersonship of Sumit Kaur.
The chief architect, on several occasions, had invited the wrath of top officials for the delay in preparing the master plan. After labouring for more than three years, the department of urban planning has prepared the Chandigarh Master Plan-2031, keeping the future requirements of the residents. The master plan proposes to develop residential, commercial, industrial, public and semi-public areas, apart from streamlining the traffic and transport system, and the development of green spaces.
As per the expansion plans of the administration, besides the metro, several commercial belts would be developed, areas would be earmarked for marriage palaces, two freight stations would be started, an exclusive trauma centre would come up, along with a solar park and a wildlife corridor.