Zirakpur MC objects to draft master plan

The Municipal Committee of Zirakpur has raised objections over the draft master plan prepared by Singapore-based Jurong Consultants, which was hired by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

The Municipal Committee is headed by N K Sharma, who has construction business.

The objections filed by MC state that as per the resolution passed in the House on August 21, the VIP Road, Lohgarh Road, Kohinoor Dhabha Wali Road, US Estate Road, Khishanpura Road, Mahavir Palace Road, High Ground Road, stretches from Ambala Road to Gazipur Road, Grid Road to Dhakoli, and Baltana Road to Railway Crossing should not be widened.

Also, according to the MC, mixed land use as per the master plan of the Department of Town and Country Planning should be maintained, as major construction activity has already taken place in the area.

It has also demanded to review the floor area ratio and change of land use conditions and suggested that assistance of local bodies may be taken to rectify the draft master plan.

Earlier, the Housing and Urban Development Department had asked for objections from the public about the draft master plan of Zirakpur. One month's time — till September 9 — was given to file objections.

The Municipal Committee filed its detailed objections on the last day.

MC president N K Sharma said, "I want the haphazard growth of Zirakpur to stop. Only planned development should take place. I'm not against the master plan. It should be implemented, but in a practical way seeing the ground realities."

Sharma admitted that he was in the final stage of construction of Savitri Towers residential complex on the VIP Road — a project of his company — and that he has other real estate projects in the pipeline.

"Roads, including the VIP Road, can be widened but only by a few meters. The plan to widen it to 150 metres is not possible, as there are buildings on both sides," Sharma added. "In case of other roads also, people have built houses on both sides. One cannot pull down these houses to widen the roads."

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