Waking up from deep slumber, the UT administration has finally started the process of framing building bylaws for its villages.
In the absence of building bylaws, UT villages have been marred by haphazard urbanisation. There are 23 villages, of which nine are under the control of the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC). Interestingly, MC has framed building bylaws only for villages under its control.
The villages falling in Chandigarh have broadly been categorised as "sectoral villages" and "non-sectoral villages".
The absence of specific building bylaws for the controlled development of these villages has led to unsafe and unregulated construction - several buildings, lacking adequate light and ventilation, have come up in these villages. While constructing basements, the requisite safety measures from neighbouring properties are not maintained, endangering life and property.
Hygiene, sanitation and proper garbage disposal are the other issues faced by the residents of villages. Besides, there is acute shortage of playgrounds and open spaces.
Senior officials say there is a dire need to prepare a development plan for villages to ensure balanced development of these settlements. "Haphazard growth has resulted in villages losing their rural character. They have turned into urban villages which lack qualitative services and facilities," said an official.
To address the problem, administration is laying stress on the framing of well-defined building bylaws for the growth and development of UT villages, and buildings to be constructed.
The bylaws will be framed after consultation with rural population and experts in rural development. The model of building bylaws framed by the government of India will also be considered while framing the rules.
The issue was discussed in the recently held secretaries' meeting. UT adviser KK Sharma said that they are on the job and had a couple of review meetings to take stock of the progress.
Problems in UT villages
• Illegal change of land use
• Inadequate infrastructure
• Open drains, poor garbage disposal and sanitation
• Discharge of sewage into choes
• Traffic congestion
• Poor maintenance of surviving ponds
• Largescale non-conforming industrial activities
• Lack of structural safety measures in construction
• Disposal of cow dung into open drains
•Highly fire-prone areas
Other villages in Chandigarh
Kishangarh, Khuda Jassu, Dhanas, Kaimbwala, Raipur Kalan, Raipur Khurd, Makhan Majra, Behlana, Mauli Jagran, Dadu Majra, Khuda Alisher and Daria
Under municipal corporation
Hallomajra, Palsora, Dadumajra, Maloya, Kajheri, Butrela, Badheri, Burail and Attawa.