Patil nod for draft Master Plan 2031, suggestions invited
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Nearly four years after the process was initiated, draft Master Plan 2031 that provides an outline for the development of the city received the approval of Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil on Wednesday. Capping the city's population at 16 lakh, the Master Plan has enumerated the measures that need to be taken to manage the pressure on housing, transport and other infrastructure.
With Chandigarh being a landlocked city, the draft of the Master Plan has suggested ways for judicious use of land. Stress has been laid on maintaining the original character of the city, while ensuring development for the years to come. The entire 114 sq km area, including 70 sq km of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the original plan prepared by Le Corbusier and Phase 3 sectors, besides the area under the periphery, has been covered in the plan.
The draft Master Plan recommends redensification of identified pockets of single storey, low density original government housing of the city. It advocates population dispersal and housing strategies addressed through an inter-state regional plan to accommodate the projected population.
A holistic housing policy framework has been recommended to ensure that needs of all the socio-economic sections of the population are catered to. 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 section in all housing schemes to avoid emergence of slums in the city, has also been proposed.
The Master Plan has recommended a people centric, efficient and reliable multi modal mass rapid transport system. It has proposed 12 green corridors running north to south, connecting various areas of Chandigarh.
Stress has been laid on retrofitting the existing road network and last mile connectivity. Providing passage to pedestrians and cyclists is also part of the plan.