AS THE Chandigarh Administration intends to make major portion of Sector 17 vehicle-free zone, one underpass has been proposed in Sector 17 to improve its connectivity with Sector 16.
In the revised smart city proposal, the administration has proposed to make a large part of Sector 17 as a vehicle- free zone, and battery-operated carts will be deployed in the Plaza area for connecting it with parking lots. To improve connectivity of sectors 17 and 16, the underpass has been proposed from near Hotel Park Plaza to Sector 17/6 light point.
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UT Finance Secretary Sarvjit Singh maintains that the proposal will be finalised by next week. “We have prepared a detailed proposal for rejuvenation of Sector 17 and it will be approved by next week,” he said.
Around 10 years ago, the administration had mooted a proposal to construct four underpasses at different locations in the city, which failed to take off.
THE administration plans to develop Sector 17 as an art and innovation centre. A convention centre with museum and art gallery has been proposed. A multi-purpose event space will also be developed.
The administration has also laid stress on developing an incubation centre. The administration will facilitate financial assistance, technical support and knowledge-sharing to budding entrepreneurs and will develop Chandigarh as a knowledge hub by creating a platform for collaboration among all its major institutions such as Panjab University, Punjab Engineering College, Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Research and Education (PGIMER) and Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH).
For attracting people of different age and income groups, landscaping and beautification of open spaces will be done. The authorities also intend to convert large parking areas into plazas. There will be a dedicated bike\pedestrian path. The administration has already appointed a firm to prepare a plan for rejuvenation and beautification of Sector 17.
Despite failing to make it to the first 20 cities to be developed as a smart city, Chandigarh figures on the list of 23 cities out of which 20 will be put on fast track. These fast-track cities will get the same funds as smart cities. The administration submitted its revised proposal on April 20.