Parking,traffic woes: Panel to take up residents’ suggestions

The lack of adequate solutions to tackle the growing problem of traffic and lack of parking spaces in the Master Plan is an area of concern among city residents.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:September 19, 2013 2:08 am

The lack of adequate solutions to tackle the growing problem of traffic and lack of parking spaces in the Master Plan is an area of concern among city residents. Not allowing many changes in the building bye laws and lack of concrete suggestions for villages are some other areas that have invited criticism.

The draft Master Plan was submitted by the committee in July this year. Residents were asked to submit their objections by August 10. A month’s extension was given after residents demanded more time to study the voluminous document. Till the last date,a total of 176 objections were received.

A committee would be constituted that will look into the suggestions and objections. A senior UT official said that the process of formation of the committee is going on. A decision would then be taken about the redressal of the objections.

The lack of adequate solutions for managing traffic is one of the concerns. The city has nearly 9 lakh vehicles. There is also a floating vehicular population of around one lakh. The development in the peripheral areas will further compound the problem. However,the plan,instead of offering any concrete measures for the same has mooted promotion of cycling as a plausible solution.

The Master Plan has also relied on the starting of Metro as a solution to the traffic problem. Another suggestion is improving the frequency of buses. The residents in their objections term these are long term or non-feasible suggestions. Some have objected to the proposed metro rail model.

Residents have also demanded regularisation of need-based changes. The plan has ruled out any further increase in the Floor-Area Ratio. The industrialists rue that none of their suggestions are part of the plan and it has nothing to offer for the industry.

Residents of rural areas have raised several objections. Most of the construction done are not regularised. In fact,the plan has suggested that detailed survey of each village be done and then a development plan be made for each.

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