UT gets Central pat for Master Plan-2031

The Master Plan proposes to develop residential, commercial, industrial, public and semi-public sectors

UT gets Central pat for Master Plan-2031

After all the brickbats, here comes the appreciation. For, despite a considerable delay in submitting the draft Master Plan-2031 and some harsh words by the UT Administrator on the delay, the UT Administration has received an appreciation letter from the Centre.

The UT Administration officials had to face the wrath of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on many occasions for seeking over a dozen extensions.

Officials in the UT Administration say the appreciation letter has been sent by the Town and Country Planning Organisation (TCPO), which is the technical arm of the Ministry of Urban Planning and Development, for preparing a vision document for the next two decades.

The UT Administration had recently referred the Draft Master Plan, which was submitted to UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil, to the ministry for approval and comments if any.

The Master Plan was reverted to the UT Administration on Monday without any change and with a few suggestions. "We have received the letter, and it is the appreciation of the hard work that the department officials have put in together," said a senior official of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, UT Administration.

Significantly, the TCPO is an apex technical advisory and consultant organisation on matters concerning urban and regional planning strategies, research, appraisal and monitoring of Central schemes.

On the HC directions, an expert committee was formed to prepare a vision document for 2031 under UT chief architect Sumit Kaur. After over three years, the Department of Urban Planning prepared the draft Master Plan-2031.

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