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Advisory council meeting discusses city’s master plan

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 20, 2014
First Published: 11:47 IST(20/6/2014) | Last Updated: 11:52 IST(20/6/2014)

The Draft Master Plan 2031 and report of board of inquiry on the draft were discussed in the 7th meeting of the administrator’s advisory council held at the UT Guest House in Chandigarh on Thursday.

Both the documents contain an outline of how the city is to be developed in the years to come.

UT adviser KK Sharma apprised that the administrative authorities had started working on the master plan on the directions of the high court, and an expert committee had been constituted under the chairpersonship of chief architect, Sumit Kaur, to prepare a vision for 2031.

The work on preparation of master plan had started in 2008, but its progress had been marred by delays and the administration had to seek several extensions for its completion.

During the deliberations, council member Deepa Jain Singh said: “Chandigarh is an educational and medical hub and the basic characters of the city need to be preserved in consultation with the state governments.”

During the meeting, city mayor Har phool Chander Kalyan recommended construction of houses especially for LIG category in recently vacated land from encroachments in Sectors 51 to 53. Director of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Dr Yogesh Chawla requested for ensuring special zone for disposal of bio-medical waste.

The recommendation for adequate space of cultural activities in Chandigarh was made for sensitively detailing of the plans for such activities.

Chand Nehru highlighted the adverse impact if high-rise constructions are allowed to come up in north of capital complex and suggested to take up matter with adjoining the state government for not allowing any high-rise constructions which might have adverse impact on its unique and heritage character.

A demand was raised for earmarking of auto market in industrial area, along with space for warehousing facilities.

During the meet, it was decided to consult the adjoining state government before finalisation of Chandigarh Master Plan and request should be made for making adequate provision of infrastructure in neighbouring towns.

It was requested that the existing constructions beyond Lal Dora should be regularised and no further constructions should be allowed.

After detailed deliberations, Patil assured that adequate land for educational and health requirements should be provided in the city along with land to meets requirements of legislative, judicial and executive functions of state government of Punjab and Haryana. The administrative character of city should be maintained.

The governor also appealed to all members to send their opinions even if the same could not be raised on Thursday.

Another meeting to facilitate opinion of all members will be held in June last week and thereafter it would be incorporated suitably in the Master Plan before sending it to the government of India for finalisation.

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