The Master Plan for the city will focus on preserving the character of Chandigarh along with making suitable use of the space that is available in the landlocked city. The draft of the Masterplan has been prepared. Once finalised it will be sent to the Centre for approval.
The tentative holding capacity of Chandigarh is 15.30 lakh people. The city was planned for 5 lakh people. There is a burden on the infrastructure due to the population of the neighbouring towns of Panchkula and Mohali as well. For facilities like educational institutes and healthcare,the residents of the neighbouring towns look towards Chandigarh.
The Master Plan entails provisions to retain the green cover of the city. The focus will also be to promote non-polluting industries,and cottage industry will be promoted in villages.
Underground parking lots will be developed at a number of sectors. Especially in the markets,it has been proposed that to solve the problem of shrinking parking spaces,underground parking lots will be developed. The city has limited vacant space. There are parking lots in most markets. It was felt that to increase surface parking further,the green cover will get sacrificed. It has now been proposed that underground parking lots be promoted,especially in markets.
The low rise character of the city will also be retained. Especially in the first phase sectors,only low rises will be allowed. The redensification of the first phase sectors is also likely. It will essentially entail having more housing facilities in order to increase the number of people residing in the area. The larger plots could be divided into smaller ones.
The process of preparing the Masterplan was going on for the past few years. From among the committee members that were appointed,one of the members resigned. Some members did not attend the meetings regularly. The proposal to send the Masterplan for vetting to Delhi-based architects led to criticism among local architects.