Draft master plan now sent for ‘administrative opinion’

Sources say that almost a month and a half ago,the UT Administration had announced that the draft master plan will now be put in the public domain for seeking the suggestions of the general public.

Written by Smriti Sharma Vasudeva | Chandigarh | Published: April 30, 2013 4:20:32 am

The draft Master Plan,which was recently approved by the UT Administrator and also endorsed by the Town and and Country Planning Office (TCPO),has now been referred to a three-member panel of UT officials for “administrative opinion”.

Sources say that almost a month and a half ago,the UT Administration had announced that the draft master plan will now be put in the public domain for seeking the suggestions of the general public. It was decided to upload the Master Plan on the UT Administration’s website. However,in what is being seen as a delaying tactic,now the Master Plan has been sent to a committee comprising Special Secretary Finance Ajoy Sharma,Secretary IT Prerna Puri and Joint Secretary (estates) S K Setia.

While the committee was asked to give its “opinion” within a week,sources in the UT Administration say that so far,the officials have only met once for the purpose and are yet to come up with any administrative opinion on the matter.

Already,the Draft has been delayed several times after the members of the Master Plan Advisory Committee refused to sign the copy of the draft before it was to be submitted to the UT Administrator.

The Administration officials were even mulling over keeping the copies of the draft master plan at the College of Architecture and at two or three other institutions and important public places such as Govt Museum,Sector 10,Le Corbusier’s Centre,Sector 19 etc to make it more accessible to the general public.

“However given the present situation,it is very unlikely that the draft will be brought into the public domain anytime soon,” said a senior official of the UT Administration on condition of anonymity.

Also,some of the officials are questioning the move to get an administrative opinion over the draft when it has already been approved by the UT Administrator as also the competent authority,centre’s Town and and Country Planning Office (TCPO).

The Draft Master Plan 2031 was submitted by the Chief Architect to the Administrator in the first week of March.

The idea of coming up with a draft master plan came about on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and a Master Plan committee was set up under the UT chief architect Sumit Kaur to prepare a vision document for 2031.

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