In a major respite to city's business community, the UT administration has agreed to allow need-based changes in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Industrial Area.
Various industrial associations have long been demanding need-based changes. For making the changes, the administration will have to review the development controls governing Industrial Area.
To begin with, the authorities have decided to review architectural control of plots measuring from 5 to 15 marla with an aim to utilise the area in a better way and to address modern-day requirements.
The administration had carved out Phases 1 and 2 during the 70s on an area of 147 acres. According to the available data, there are a total of 1,781 plots in both the phases, out of which 381 plots are of 5 marla while 10 and 15 marla plots are 443 and 180, respectively.
UT chief architect Sumit Kaur said they have recommended certain need-based changes such as courtyard coverage in Industrial Area for the benefit of the business community.
Lauding the decision of the administration, Industry Association of Chandigarh president Arun Kumar Mahajan said it was a long-pending demand and the authorities have taken the right decision by allowing need-based changes in Industrial Area. He added that the administration should also allow need-based changes in plots measuring 1 kanal and above by making changes in the development controls governing them.
Out of total plots, 565 are being used for non-manufacturing commercial activities, while 150 plots are lying vacant. Besides, 84 plots have been encroached.
No increase in FAR
The administration, however, has strongly recommended against any further enhancement of the floor-area ratio (FAR) in Industrial Area.
The decision has been made to prevent further strain on inadequate infrastructure, taking into consideration the shortage of space. Water supply, sewerage system and power facilities have come under pressure due to non-augmentation of the existing set-up prior to the implementation of conversion policy in 2005.
Different industrial associations have been demanding enhancement of FAR from 1 to 2. As of now, the administration charges Rs. 200 per square feet for enhancing FAR from .75 to 1.
FAR is the ratio of the total floor area of a building to the area of land it is built upon. It refers to limits imposed on the constructed area of buildings