In 2031, phase-III sectors, periphery to have 60% population

Around 60 per cent of the city's population of 16 lakh people in 2031 would be housed in the third-phase sectors and pockets in the periphery. High-density houses with four- to six-storey houses are proposed to be built in the third-phase sectors. It is further proposed that wherever possible in the second-phase sectors, group housing be encouraged.

As per the draft of the Master Plan 2031, the population of the city would increase to around 16 lakh. Of this, 6.40 lakh are expected to be accommodated in the existing 47 sectors within phase I and II.

These constitute 40 per cent of the total projected population. The remaining 9.60 lakh people are expected to be housed partially in sectors 48 to 56 and parts of sectors 61 and 63, and partially in the remaining periphery in 17 designated pockets.

The Master Plan covers an area of 114 sq km. This includes 70 sq km of area developed by Le Corbusier and his team and 44 sq km of its 3 per cent periphery. Of the total 44 sq km land available in periphery control area with UT, land under phase-III sectors constitutes 8 sq km with the remaining 36 sq km distributed over 17 pockets. This includes land in 14 villages.

Chandigarh was initially planned for a population of 5 lakh people. Twice that number are already present. With the city being landlocked, there is a burden on the existing facilities, especially land. The Master Plan has made recommendations for tackling the housing shortage.

The need for optimum utilisation of land has been suggested. Around 395 residential plots of sizes varying from 5 marla to 4 kanal are lying vacant in different sectors. With construction of these houses, 1,200 dwelling units can be added. This would accommodate around 5,500 people.

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