Regional body to oversee development of Tricity

Committee to comprise officials from UT,Punjab and Haryana.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 3, 2012 3:03 am

Committee to comprise officials from UT,Punjab and Haryana.

A Regional Planning Board,comprising of officials of the UT Administration,Punjab and Haryana, will be constituted to hold discussions on issues pertaining to the development of Tricity. The decision was taken at a co-ordination committee meeting of the officials on Wednesday.

The decision follows the directions of the Ministry of Home Affairs for the formation of the board. It had earlier been proposed that the the development of the Tricity should also be undertaken on lines of National Capital Region with the focus on projects in the periphery.

The decision was taken at a meeting of co-ordination committee comprising senior officials of UT and the states. While meetings of officials have been held over a period of time,it was felt that there was a need for a permanent committee that could discuss the issues in detail. Officials opined that there could be projects mooted for Chandigarh for which resources may not available. In such cases the neighbouring states could help.

Discussion was held on construction of a ring road around Chandigarh to ease the traffic problem. The proposal forms part of the master plan for the city. The aim is to ensure that the traffic from the neighbouring states does not have to enter the city while going from one state to the other. The land where the ring road is to be constructed,however,does not belong to Chandigarh. For the purpose of building the ring road,land would have to be acquired. Officials also discussed the The Master Plan committee had also proposed construction of alternate roads to Panchkula. While there are a number of roads connecting Mohali and Chandigarh,the same is not the case with Panchkula. The issue of creation of eco-sensitive zone was also taken up.

The officials of the Administration also took up the issue of construction in the periphery. Objections have been raised time and again by the Chandigarh Administration about the construction undertaken in the periphery by Punjab and Haryana. It has been pointed out that the construction is haphazard and in violation of the Periphery Control Act. While Chandigarh has a low rise character,is being felt to ensure that the height of the buildings in the periphery should also be regulated.

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