The Chandigarh Administration has received 113 objections till August 10 to its draft Master Plan by various city residents and institutions.
This was informed to the Punjab and Haryana High Court by the Chandigarh Administration on Monday. The administration sought extension of the deadline set by the High Court to invite objections. The same was granted by the High Court.
The city residents and those who chose to object to the draft Master Plan of city beautiful can now send their objections till September 10. Setting a deadline,on the last date of hearing,the High Court had directed the Chandigarh Administration to invite objections,if any,to the draft Master Plan by August 11 and thereafter take a decision on them. To avoid delay in adjudication of such objections,the High Court had ordered that decisions on them be taken on a day-to-day basis.
As per available information,objections received so far are being scrutinised and are yet to be decided.
The court,on the previous hearing,had said that no delay should be caused in dealing with the objections. Only after the objections are decided by a state/UT that the final Master Plan can be notified. The directions were passed during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions to the administration to prepare and notify the plan.
On July 10,nearly four years after the process was initiated,the draft Master Plan 2031 that provides the outline for the development of the city had been approved by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil. Capping the citys population at 16 lakh,the Master Plan has enumerated the measures that need to be taken to manage the pressure on housing,transport and other infrastructural developments.