CHANDIGARH: As the UT administrator and governor Punjab and Haryana, Kaptan Singh Solanki, on Wednesday gave a green signal to the newly-framed Chandigarh Master Plan-2031, the Chandigarh administration is going to notify it on Thursday. The development has come following approvals from all the stakeholders, including the Ministry of Home Affairs. Even the UT government had recently told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that they would soon notify the master plan.
The most important point raised in the master plan is that Chandigarh will remain an administrative city, and not turn into a commercial one. The previous UT administrator Shivraj Patil was firmly of the view - which was strongly worded in the plan - that the open lands or areas of the union territory would be mainly considered for government institutions like PGI, PU, and others. Besides, being a union territory and capital of both Punjab and Haryana, the open lands will preferably be given for the buildings of these governments, as per their set-up. Secondly, it was also strongly mentioned that the floor-area ratio (FAR) would not be enhanced, in order to limit the population in Chandigarh in a way that it does not exceed 16 lakh by 2031.
For preparing the master plan, Patil had formed a high-powered committee. Municipal commissioner Vivek Partap Singh, former Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) chairman Satya Gopal, and former chief architect Sumit Kaur played the most crucial roles in preparing the master plan, and even cleared hundreds of objections raised on various issues. The committee had received a total of 171 suggestions.