Even as the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) struggles to find buyers for its residential and commercial properties,Punjabs Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal laid out big plans for New Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Reviewing the progress of the Mullanpur master plan rechristened New Chandigarh Sukhbir said that it would be developed as a world-class planned city equipped with the good infrastructure and ultra modern facilities.
He said that the road grid of the Mullanpur city would be in total synchronisation with master plan and road network would be planned keeping in view the pressure of development for the next 50 years. Medicity and Educity to be developed in the vicinity of Mullanpur would have world-class hospitals and universities
along with their campus,and the Educity would be developed on the pattern of Oxford University.
Cautioning against mushrooming of unauthorised or non-sanctioned colonies in the Mullanpur planned area,the Deputy CM said that it was imperative for the authorities to check the growth of unauthorised construction with an iron hand.
He said that transit plan for New Chandigarh would be finalised focusing on well-planned sectoral grid and roads widened from 100 feet to 200 feet. For better connectivity,the new town would have four main roads connected with Mohali,Chandigarh,Panchkula,Zirakpur,Baddi,Kharar,Sirhind and the airport. There would be one metro junction and two metro stations in the local planning area (LPA).
Sukhbir said that about 2,200 acres of land for the towns expansion had already been acquired. The land would be allotted for Educity,Medicity and Ecocity projects and for widening of roads. Maximum transit nodal hubs would be created,keeping in mind the forthcoming IT sectors around Chandigarh.