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Chandigarh’s draft master plan

The Draft Master Plan for Chandigarh, 2031, is ready but it has not fully convinced the city residents, experts and even the Mayor….However, city resident have a 30 days’ time to file their objections.

The Chandigarh Administration has finally prepared the draft Master Plan for Chandigarh, 2031, which has been approved by UT Administrator Shivraj Patil. The city residents can file objections within 30 days. The UT officials are hopeful that the plan would prepare the city for the future requirement of its residents and would solve the basic problems.

According to the Chief Architect of Chandigarh, Sumit Kaur, 17 vacant pockets have been identified on the periphery and land use for each pocket has been sensitively proposed to meet the future requirements for housing, institutions, commercial, social and physical infrastructure. Development plans for each village and notification of building bylaws to improve the quality of life of residents of villages and adjoining areas has also been recommended in the draft plan.

The main recommendations of the plan for the housing sector includes judicious use of limited land, group housing in place of plotted development for the pockets identified for future housing, along with compulsory provision for the economically weaker sections in all housing schemes to avoid the emergence of slums in the city.


Reintroducing the Chandigarh Apartment rules
Permit residential buildings on plots of less than 1,000 sq yards
All government/private housing should be multi-storeyed (minimum 4 storey)

For the Industrial Area, the master plan proposes setting up of industrial units, which are not labour intensive in Industrial Area, Phase III. The committee has also made recommendations for clean, energy-efficient, low-volume and high-value industries.


Industrial units, which are not labour intensive in Industrial Area, Phase III
Flatted factories for the small-scale industries

For solving the traffic problem, the master plan lays stress on retrofitting the existing road network, providing seamless pedestrian and cycle movement to enable comfortable and safe last mile connectivity. The plan also stresses on providing ‘park and ride’ facility around bus stands, bus stops and metro stations.


Multi modal mass rapid transport system
Retrofit existing road network, provide seamless pedestrian & cycle movement
‘Park & ride’ facility around bus stands, bus stops & metro stations

For the protection of ecology and environment, the master plan proposes to encourage the use of solar energy and conservation of forests, rivulets and green belts of the city.


Enhance green cover, forestation
Ensure preservation of open spaces by declaring land use inviolable
Adoption of green building concepts, solar passive designs, fast-tracking solar city concept to harness solar energy

The committee has also recommended that a commercial hub be developed north of Vikas Marg, like the one on Madhya Marg. Thousands of people living in sectors 39 to 47 will be benefitted with this move.


Develop a commercial belt north of Vikas Marg

While appreciating the plan, Chandigarh Mayor Subhash Chawla said it should have been made after proper discussions. He said though it’s good, it needs a lot of brainstorming as there are a lot of challenges and problems which the city will face by 2031.

Surinder Bagga, a nominated MC councilor and an architect by profession said the UT authorities did not involve other people while drafting the plan. He said the administration should have sought recommendations of architect experts and environment institutions.

Even the representatives of Resident Welfare Associations are up in arms against the administration’s master plan and claim that it is far removed from reality. Association members said the master plan has a lot of loopholes and requires several changes before it can turn beneficial for city residents.

The administration has given 30 days to city residents for filing objections. However, it remains to be seen that how far the authorities would entertain the objections of the residents even as it did not bother to involve experts during the drafting of the plan.

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