8 years on, Chandigarh’s master plan 2031 still stuck in first gear | Chandigarh News


CHANDIGARH: The time is running out, but a slow-moving bureaucracy, lack of urgency on part of departments concerned and high project cost concerns has put the implementation of the Chandigarh Master Plan (CMP) 2031 in the slow gear.
The genesis of the master plan lies in the 2008 directions of Punjab and Haryana high court. A master plan committee was constituted in December 2009, and after six years of works involving town planning experts and different stakeholders, the CMP was prepared in 2014. The UT administrator, after the approval of the ministry of home affairs (MHA), finally notified CMP 2031 on April 23, 2015.
After seven years of its notification, in January, UT adviser Dharam Pal, taking note of no progress being made in plan implementation, directed the departments to prepare an action plan for each of the components prescribed under CMP. TOI examines the gap between the CMP recommendations and its realisation on the ground in some of the plan components.
WILDLIFE CORRIDOR
The CMP mandates creation of a wildlife corridor, stretching 1.3 km, connecting Lake Reserve Forest and Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary for creating a safe passage for wildlife between the forest area and sanctuary. The two areas are separated by agricultural land and human settlements.
This poses danger to both animals and humans. “Around 450 acre is required to create the corridor. Administration had acquired 50-acre land in Kaimbwala village and afforestation was done. But to acquire another 400, the cost is too high to be a viable option,” said a UT official.
VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT PLAN
The master plan stipulates, “All villages should be planned and developed within the identified framework of development.” Based on this detailed survey, a village development plan has to be prepared for each village considering the specific location, character, problems and pressures. The UT in June finally got going on the issue, and, as part of it, a model village is planned to be setup in Maloya as a pilot project.
METROPOLITAN REGIONAL PLAN
For coordinated development of the greater Chandigarh area, the CMP had directed the formulation of metropolitan regional plan. One of the key elements of it was to be proper connectivity for landlocked city. An interstate regional traffic and transportation plan has to be prepared in the over-all context of an inter-state Metropolitan Region. It would spell out the augmentation and strengthening of the existing infrastructure. “There is need for Chandigarh Interstate Metropolitan Regional Plan to guide the traffic and transportation of the region and the city,” stats the CMP.
But so far not much progress has been made on the issue. RING ROAD The CMP had acknowledged that there is need for creating a ring road /by-pass around Chandigarh to prevent unwanted through traffic within the city. Traffic which is destined beyond Chandigarh on either side should be allowed to by-pass without entering the city. “In the absence of ring roads, the Chandigarh city roads, which provide the shortest travel distance between towns, will be put under extreme pressure to the detriment of the city’s environment, and quality of life,” the CMP observed.
On the ring roads proposed in the GMADA plan, the CMP said these would serve only a partial purpose of relieving Chandigarh of inter-state traffic. There has been no progress over the outer ring road connecting the periphery of the city, taking interstate traffic away from Chandigarh. “UT is depended on neighbouring states for implementing this plan component but support from them is lacking,” said the official.
COMMERCIAL PROJECTS
A number of projects like the transit oriented development (TOD) on the Vikas Marg, development of the third phase of the Industrial Area, development of the sub-city centre in sectors 34 and 43 and redevelopment of neighbourhood shopping centres are proposed in the CMP 2031. The administration only recently started working on these like TOD but the pace of progress is very slow. Similar issues have been faced in the development of land pockets reserved for residential development.





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