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UT admin seeks more time for finalising master plan

HT Live Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, March 04, 2013
First Published: 18:47 IST(4/3/2013) | Last Updated: 18:51 IST(4/3/2013)

The UT administration has sought some more time from the Punjab and Haryana high court for finalising the 'Master Plan-2031' for the city. The next date of hearing has been fixed for July 15.

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The counsel appearing on behalf of the administration informed the court that they are yet to consider objections after which the notification of the master plan will be issued.

Meanwhile, UT chief architect Sumit Kaur submitted the draft copy of the master plan to UT adviser KK Sharma. Talking to mediapersons, the adviser said they require a few more weeks for finalising the master plan. Thereafter, objections will be called from the city residents.

The administration will give a few weeks' time to the city residents to submit their suggestions and objections. The draft will be notified through gazette and public notices in newspapers. The final notification will be done after considering the suggestions and objections raised by the residents.

Besides uploading a copy of the draft plan on its website, the administration is also planning to place hard copies of draft plan at certain public places for the benefit of the city residents.

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 document for 2031.

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

After labouring for more than three years, the department of urban planning has prepared a 'Master Plan of Chandigarh-2031', keeping the future requirements of the residents in view. The master plan proposes development of residential, commercial, industrial, public/semi-public areas, traffic, transport and green spaces.

As per the expansion plans of the UT administration, besides the Metro, several commercial belts, earmarked area for marriage palaces, two freight stations, an exclusive trauma centre, solar park and wildlife corridor are on priority list.

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