2030 UT master plan finally submitted

Master plan

After crossing several deadlines and three years of waiting, the UT's master plan 2030 was submitted to the UT Administrator during a meeting held on Wednesday between UT Officials and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil, albeit with a rider.

According to officials, though the copy of the master plan draft has been submitted, the committee members, 11 of them, have not signed the draft. The UT Administrator has given another ten days time for their signs.

Sources said that after the 10 days, the UT Administration will take a call on when to upload it on the official website to invite responses from general public.

Due to several delays, the UT Administration officials had to face the wrath of the Punjab and Haryana High Court for seeking over a dozen extensions.

Some features of the master plan include:

Shopping centres

Projecting the city's population at16 lakh by the year 2031, the UT Master Plan has stated that there is a need to augment the existing market infrastructure. The committee has identified various sectors with inadequate shopping infrastructure, which include sectors 10, 21, 29, 30 and 46.

Upgrading roads

The UT Master Plan has proposed upgradation and widening of major highways connecting the Chandigarh Urban Complex. These major highways include NH-64, NH 21 A, GMADA Expressway.

The committee further recommended that the proposed widening of the highways should be done in a phased manner and will be executed from 2014 to 2021.

Fire, Police Stations

THE Master Plan Committee has stated that there is a requirement of 18 police stations to cater to the projected population of 16 lakh by 2031.

The Master Plan has also proposed that two additional fire stations should be constructed in the city. For this, one site will be earmarked in southern sectors and one site has already been proposed in the IT habitat.

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