Going ahead with its initiative of rejuvenating Sector 17, the UT administration has hired a consultant for preparing a detailed plan.
The city’s “downtown”will wear a new look after the beautification plan comes into effect. Confirming the development, UT finance secretary Sarvjit Singh said: “We have finalised the consultant, who will look into various aspects, such as space usage and traffic management.”
The consultant is being paid `1.7 crore to prepare the holistic plan, which will also include landscaping, lighting and new signage in Sector 17. The consultant will also conceptualise new buildings in the reserved 64 acres of area in the sector.
As per the rejuvenation plan, Sector 17 will have new lights and greater emphasis will be laid on landscaping and ornamental benches for the visitors. The new attractions will be installed once the consultant chalks out the detailed plan.
This is not the first time that the administration has started working on beautification of the city’s hub. Since 2006, the administration and the municipal corporation have been announcing several beautification plans for Sector 17. During the implementation of one such plan, the entire flooring of the Plaza was laid again, the conventional lighting system was pulled down and new poles with better illu- mination were set up.
The civic body, too, had once proposed setting up of a mini amusement park in the area, but things never moved in this direction. The MC had also planned to come up with a toy train, three big pools, stylish benches, modified footpaths and two fountains opposite the general post office.
Besides beautification, the administration also aims to conserve the buildings. As a part of its plan to restore the original structures, it had carried out a massive drive to remove hoardings and illegal constructions at Sector 17E in May this year.