After renaming move, all eyes on remaking of Mullanpur

Experts on Chandigarh, however, maintain that the Punjab government is making an attempt to cash in on the city's popularity. With the city known to be as one of the most planned, naming Mullanpur as New Chandigarh seems to be an attempt to project it as an extension of Chandigarh.

Among the other proposals for the area are setting up a Medicity and Educity. In fact, Chandigarh's loss seems to have been Mullanpur's gain. While a Medicity was proposed for Chandigarh some years back, it ran into rough weather with controversies surrounding the project. This was eventually shelved. A cancer institute on the pattern of Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital is already coming up at Medicity over an area of 50 acres.

Mohit Puri of Eco Town Realtors says the impact of rechristening of Mullanpur as New Chandigarh on the property rates would be more clear in the next three to four months. He said there was a general slump in the property market. People were also waiting to see whether the plans for development that had been announced would be visible on the ground.

The Metro Rail that is proposed for the Tricity also extends to Mullanpur. The East-West corridor of the Metro would terminate here. This would ensure that it is connected with Chandigarh. It is proposed that the brick kilns present in the area would be shifted to ensure a cleaner atmosphere.

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