The UT Administration would finalise the draft Master Plan 2031 within the next eight days after which it would be submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs for approval, it was decided at a meeting of the Administrator’s Advisory Council on Monday.
Ranging from having power generation for the city, measures for traffic decongestion and need for a change in the administrative set-up, a variety of suggestions were made at the meeting. These would be considered and those found suitable incorporated in the draft Master Plan.
Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher along with other BJP leaders attended the meeting. At the last meeting, a walk-out was staged by the BJP as it was not scheduled keeping in view Kher’s availability.
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Putting forth her suggestions, Kher said that there was a need for Chandigarh to explore the possibility of power generation. For this, either a power plant could be set up in some other state or within the city. She further stated that space be earmarked for educational institutes. Kher highlighted the need for a ring road and monorail in the city. She took up demands of the residents, including extension of the lal dora, regularising need-based changes as well as having a single-window system for redressal of grievances.
Senior BJP leader Satya Pal Jain highlighted the need for an inter-state development council for the region. He added that there was a need to decide upon the kind of administrative set-up that is required in the city, whether there should be a Mayor-in-Council or a Metropolitan Council. He also suggested that a decision should be taken about whether the remaining panchayats should be merged into the Municipal Corporation.
CPI general secretary Devi Dyal Sharma stated that the post of Chief Commissioner should be revived. He said that the Punjab Governor already has work of the state to look after and cannot pay attention to Chandigarh as its Administrator. SAD councillor Harjinder Kaur highlighted the need for making Chandigarh a tourism hub.
FOSWAC Chairman Baljinder Singh Bittu stressed on having an amusement park in the city. He said that instead of making Chandigarh a city of the future, the Administration was making it a heritage city. The need for seeking opinion of the elected representatives on the Master Plan was highlighted.
A demand was raised for converting leasehold property in industrial area into freehold. Patil expressed his disapproval about the same. Discussion was held about implementation of MSME Act in the city. It was decided to constitute committee to examine the issue.