After hanging fire for two years,the proposal to constitute a Metropolitan Planning Committee for Chandigarh is likely to see the light of the day. The UT Administration is in the process of finalising the terms and conditions for the same. Once the committee is constituted,decisions about macro level planning would be taken by it.
The decision to set up such a committee was taken in the year 2011. However,since then the committee was facing one or the other hurdle. As per the 74th Constitutional Amendment,all states and union territories with a population of more than 10 lakh have been instructed to notify the committee.
UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar said that the committee is expected to be constituted in the coming days. He said,Earlier there was a proposal to have a district planning committee and metropolitan planning committee. However,looking at the size of Chandigarh the areas under purview of the two would have overlapped. It is now decided that a Metropolitan Planning Committee would be constituted. It would be finalised in the coming days.
Chandigarh is spread over an area of 114 sq kilometres and has a population of 10.55 lakh. Most of the population of the city resides in urban areas with the villages gradually decreasing. Once the committee is constituted,the entire macro-planning of the city,including what kind of mega-projects the UT should have,decisions on the Municipal Corporation,developmental plans for the city,levying of taxes etc,and all other major decisions would be taken by it.
The MPC would be catering to planning about matters of common interest between the panchayats and the municipalities,including spatial planning,sharing of water and other physical and natural resources,integrated development of infrastructure and environmental conservation. The committee would comprise members from different sections including elected representatives.
Since the proposal was mooted,it has been facing hurdles. Initially,the Census data was not available. The terms and conditions were not finalised as even the neighbouring states had not made the committee. The same has now been done and a decision is likely to be taken in the coming days.