Represented by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Karnal is set for major development and facelift. The district administration has started deliberations to develop it as a modern, planned city.
Deputy commissioner J Ganesan said on Thursday here that the administration would begin with mapping areas in the old localities of the Karnal municipal limits. He, however, denied that Karnal was being developed as a smart city. "It is a media creation purely. I am only working to give the city a new lease of life overall," he said.
Through competitive bidding, the administration will hire a team of professionals for town planning. It has decided to allot numbers to every house and a unique identification number to each street. The mapping of the old localities will help mark boundaries and check encroachment upon open spaces.
"In the absence of official marking, while some parts experience overdevelopment, the other areas remain ignored. The unique IDs of streets will ensure equal distribution of funds. The enumeration of houses and shops will further help us know who defaults on house tax," the DC added.
For better traffic management, work has begun on finding space for multi-level parking lots and sites were medians should come up. "Homeless people will have more space to live in the city. The solid-waste management facility at Shekhpur Suhana village, the only one functional for the city, will be given a facelift," said Ganesan said, adding that while suggestions from the municipal councillors would be welcome, there would be no immediate official platform to invite people's participation.
Tools such as mobile-phone applications might be introduced in the long run.
Beautification, not tourism promotion
Ganesan said the environs of Karna Tal in the city and the Karan lake on the national highway-1 will be beautified. "We are not doing it to promote these spots as a tourist destination but to ensure restoration," said the DC.
The administration plans to introduce eco-friendly biomass gasifier crematorium in the city. Gas produced by the burning of wooden chips (solid fuel) will be the source of energy to the burners in the facility. Citing an example from his home state, Ganesan said new-age crematoriums were well accepted in all major cities and even many villages in Tamil Nadu.
Contrary to the average requirement of 400-kilogram wood to light a pyre, biomass gasifier requires less than 40 kg fuel. Unlike electric crematorium, it also produces ashes to go with the religious customs. The administration will sensitise the local population about the proposed project.