THE Board of Inquiry and Hearing looking into the suggestions and objections raised about the Draft Master Plan 2031 will hold hearing sessions from November 22 to 28. The people who had submitted their objections and suggestions would be called for a discussion.
The decision was taken at the first meeting of the members of the board on Monday. On Sunday,the UT Administration had finalised formation of the board that would be headed by Housing Board chairman Satya Gopal. It will have a total of eight members.
The Draft Master Plan was notified in July this year. Objections were then invited from the residents. Around 170 people filed their objections and suggestions pertaining to different aspects of the Master Plan. It has now been decided that the representations of the people will be divided under different categories,including residential,commercial,industrial,environmental and rural.
The people who raised concerns about a common issue will be called for a hearing on a particular date. In five days time,all the representations will be tackled. People would be sent letters to appear before the board. Public notices would also be issued. Hearings would be held in the morning and afternoon. The suggestions of the residents would be thoroughly examined, says one of the members of the board,former mayor Ravinder Pal Singh.
The members of the board will then tabulate all suggestions and recommendations. Within a period of one month,a report will be submitted. Thereafter,the Master Plan will be finalised completing a process that has been going on for around three years. Several deadlines for preparation of the Master Plan have already been crossed.
The Draft Master Plan outlines the shape that the development in the city will take in the next two decades. With Chandigarh being a landlocked city,optimum utilisation of land is one of the areas of focus. Instead of plotted development,construction of multilevel houses or housing societies has been proposed.
Redensification of phase I sectors is another recommendation.
The Master Plan has also made recommendations for solving the problem of traffic,tackling the environment and managing heritage of the city.
People from different walks of life as well as associations have submitted their representations about the changes that can be made to the draft. Some associations had been critical of the Master Plan stating that not many solutions were offered. These would now come up for a discussion.