For congested areas,UT has medium-rise building plans

In what can change the character of the City Beautiful,the Chandigarh Administration has planned to “redevelop” congested areas as medium-rise in place of low-rise.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: January 1, 2012 2:28 am

In what can change the character of the City Beautiful,the Chandigarh Administration has planned to “redevelop” congested areas as medium-rise in place of low-rise. The decision has been taken keeping in view a recent communication sent by the Ministry of Urban Development. “In view of the population pressure and increasing density,it may not be possible for entire city to remain low rise. The Committee may like to identify those areas in the city which are in dilapidated condition and require renewal. Such areas may be re-developed as medium-rise,medium-density without compromising the overall architectural character of the city. This may require increase in Ground Coverage/ FAR which may be stipulated only after studying proposed built form. If such measures are not undertaken,encroachment/ unauthorised construction euphemistically called transformation as identified in Section 7.2 (Main Report ) Urban Design,shall continue to occur,” reads the observation of Ministry of Urban Development on low-rise development of the city.

This was produced by the Chandigarh Administration

today during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions to the Administration for preparation of a master plan. The Administration filed a voluminous status report during the hearing of the case.

“The proposals of the Master Plan already include the re-densification of the above pockets of single and double storeyed government housing in the first phase sectors. Besides a few cheap housing colonies,old rehabilitation colonies wherein large-scale ad hoc additions and alterations have been carried have been recommended for structural auditing,viz the high vulnerability within Seismic Zone 1V. Based on the analysis appropriate measures of retrofitting / conservative surgery/ redevelopment is to be carried out,” reads the status report.

Also,the Administration,which today sought more time to complete the master plan,has stated that “instead of projects like Medicity,it can be government hospitals for general public”. It has been submitted that “area which is earmarked for Medicity can be reserved as institutional area,uses of which can be defined later on as per the requirements”.

With regard to Rock Garden,the Administration has contended that “ It is absolutely necessary to freeze its growth at the existing stage to be conserved as a significant work of what has been called ‘Outsider Art’ “. The status report further reads “during the course of preparation of the master plan,discrepancies in overall area of the city has come to light due to the re-organisation of the periphery in 1956 between the states and Chandigarh. The reply from the revenue department is still awaited which is important in the finalisation of the plan.

The draft drawings prepared are on the basis of the earlier 114 sq km area and do not include the area of approximately 26 km of Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary. In case the additional area is to be incorporated,it would entail redrafting the base map of Chandigarh and preparation of fresh drawings for the master plan,it was informed”.

The Administration has also stated that PU has sought 111 acres of land for its extension of infrastructure. The master plan also proposes ‘workable neighbourhood’ with potential of being developed as pedestrians’ paradise,slum free city and seeks union government’s support in rehabilitation schemes within city. “Planning of the vacant sub city centre in Sector 43 would have larger proportion of institutional area and lesser commercial area” reads the status report.

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