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SC ruling over Rajiv Gandhi IT Park comes as blow to administration

Vinod Kumar, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, October 11, 2012
First Published: 16:49 IST(11/10/2012) | Last Updated: 23:53 IST(11/10/2012)

The cancellation of proposed phase III of the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP) by Supreme Court on Thursday has come as a major blow to the UT administration, as it will further delay the completion of much-awaited master plan 2031 of the city.

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The apex court had in May 2011 ordered status quo on the project which meant that no acquisition or construction would be allowed until further notice.

The authorities concerned had already prepared a draft of the master plan, which was to be notified for inviting objections and suggestions from the public very shortly.

The plan already been marred by delays and the administration had to seek several extensions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court for its completion. Now, the decision of the apex court will further make the plan hang on fire for longer time.

The administration had earmarked 288 acres of land for the Phase III. Besides setting up infrastructure for IT/ITES/BPO companies, including low density and low rise buildings, the administration was planning for setting up housing and hostels facilities along with other infrastructure.

Though the UT chief architect Sumit Kaur is yet to get a copy of the order, but maintained that the decision will cause a delay as they will be forced to review the master plan, which will take time.

According to sources, the decision of apex court has made things difficult for the administration, which was already struggling to complete the master plan. "It will take considerable time for completion of master plan. Moreover, the UT stands to lose on business front also," said an official.

From the phase III, the administration has pinned hopes of attracting investments worth more than Rs. 2000 crore and employment of over 30,000.

The UT authorities started working on master plan on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court and an expert committee was constituted under the chairpersonship of Sumit Kaur to prepare a vision for 2031.

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