A day after Chandigarh made it to the smart city list, of the six sectors — 16, 17, 19, 22, 35 and 43 — that are to be taken up as special cases under the Area-Based Development (ABD) plan, the UT administration plans to spend 90% (Rs 4,900 crore) of the estimated total fund of Rs 5,600 crore on Sector 43 alone. The funds for this plan are to be generated on a self-sustenance basis.
Urban design and retrofit development and transportation of Sectors 17, 35 and 22 has been allocated Rs 350 crore.
Efficient use of vacant land the key
Efficient use of vacant/under-utilised land in Sector 43 to create mixed use district for innovation and employment generation, which will be developed over the period of five years is the thrust area. This will govern the implementation of the project and the investments coming into it.
Over 71 acres adjacent to Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) and district court complex will be used to create a compact and mixed use development facility.
Facilities like an exhibition centre, convention centre, iconic arena, art museum/ gallery, hotels and serviced apartments, office space for incubation and skill development centre, integrated broadway, food and beverage district along with entrainment, residential – affordable housing, hostel facility and a children playground is also to be developed in line with environmental principles.
Promotion of economic activity in the open spaces through establishments of street cafes and market and making it a car-free zone. Officials from departments like the engineering the department of urban planning, the estate office, the government museum, tourism, CITCO and MC will be roped in.