The Punjab and Haryana High Court today expressed its strong disapproval over non-completion of the master plan by the Chandigarh Administration. As the mater – a PIL seeking directions to the UT to complete the master plan – came up for resumed hearing today,the counsel for the UT Administration sought six months to complete the master plan.
Displeased with the repeated extensions sought by the Administration,the High Court directed the UT Administration to hold a meeting on the issue with Punjab and Haryana within four weeks. A division bench also asked the Administration to remove all the impediments after taking up the issues with Punjab and Haryana.
The Administration was also asked to place on the High Court record the minutes of the meeting. The case has been deferred to May 4.
Stating that Administration officials are working day and night to complete the master plan,senior standing counsel for the UT Administration said that the parent states Punjab and Haryana are not cooperating with the Chandigarh Administration in the completion of master plan. He sought time to resolve certain inter-state regional issues with Punjab and Haryana. Refusing to grant six months extension,the HC directed the Chandigarh Administration to hold immediate meeting with the states to sort out the issues.
The Chandigarh master plan committee has already deliberated upon the feasibility of renaming of streets and the problem of parking in commercial areas. Among other things,it has also looked into catchment area of Sukhna Lake at Saketri,the heritage buildings of the city,policy for growth and cheap housing accommodation.
For the purpose of preparing the plan,the Administration has constituted the committee comprising experts,including the chief architect and the chief engineer. In its last status report,the Chandigarh Administration had blamed Punjab for being insensitive towards the illegal construction in the periphery.
The development plan of Naya Gaon north of Chandigarh,prepared in isolation without required consultation by a separate agency of the Punjab Government,has not taken into consideration the environment and ecological ground realities,besides important urban density considerations of Chandigarh. The development of Naya Gaon poses a danger to the environment and ecology, read the last status report.
The UT had also submitted that its vision included thrust on providing adequate sports facilities to develop Chandigarh as the sports city of the country,with its vast open spaces,energetic youth and training facilities.