Master Plan hearing: Punjab takes up road connectivity

Better road connectivity of Chandigarh with Mohali and Mullanpur was the main concern of Punjab as the hearing on the objections/suggestions pertaining to the draft Master Plan 2031 was held on Tuesday. Punjab suggested that the road network should be strengthened by construction of additional roads.

The Board of Inquiry, headed by chairman of Chandigarh Housing Board Satya Gopal, is in the process of giving personal hearing to those who had earlier submitted written suggestions about the draft Master Plan. While suggestions were received from different departments of Punjab, Chief Town Planner Harnek Singh Dhillon was present for the hearing on Tuesday.

It was suggested that there was a need for integration of road network with Mohali and Mullanpur. Connectivity with Dakshin Marg was demanded. It was proposed that the road connecting Sector 39 to Mullanpur should be constructed. A road connecting through the newly constructed rehabilitation colony at Dhanas was proposed. It was suggested that the roads proposed in the Master Plan of Mullanpur be linked to the city.

Dhillon said the main emphasis was to suggest connectivity of the major roads in Chandigarh with Mohali and Mullanpur.

This would be essential keeping in view the future needs of

the people.

At present, Chandigarh has more connectivity with Mohali than it has with Panchkula.

Punjab also suggested that the discrepancies in the demarcation of the inter-state boundary between Punjab and Chandigarh be resolved. A representative of the Punjab Cricket Association stated

that they had purchased 43 acres of land at Mullanpur and highlighted the need for connectivity.

Other experts who came for the hearing suggested that there was a need for protecting the periphery and controlling haphazard growth. Suggestions were also made for managing the growing traffic. Dr Neeraj Nagpal, a private practitioner, suggested that a provision should be made in the Master Plan for having private nursing homes and clinics so

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