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MC keen to develop residential complex at Manimajra

Selects 6-acre area behind NAC market showrooms near Housing Board light point,sends proposal to UT Architecture Dept

Written by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh | Published: April 17, 2012 1:23:56 am

Selects 6-acre area behind NAC market showrooms near Housing Board light point,sends proposal to UT Architecture Dept

The Municipal Corporation (MC) is contemplating the development of a residential complex at Manimajra. For the purpose,an area measuring around 6 acres would be provided with basic civic amenities. Thereafter,a decision would be taken on whether plots are to be auctioned or a group housing project started. The area to be developed – called Pocket 6 – is behind the showrooms at the NAC market near the Housing Board light point.

Bordering Panchkula,the piece of land is lying unused and covered with wild growth. The civic body has proposed that the area be cleared and a residential complex built.

The proposal has been sent to the UT Architecture Department for clearance. The civic body has proposed that the area be spruced up.

Initially,basic facilities like a sewerage system,roads and water pipelines would be provided on the plot. Thereafter,planning would be done on the kind of housing project that the Municipal Corporation would have in the area.

MC Chief Engineer S S Bida said,“The proposal has been sent to the Architecture Department. Once the proposal for developing a residential complex in the area is approved,then after taking the General House into confidence a decision would be taken on the kind of housing that would be provided here.”

When the civic body was created,it was short of funds for execution of any project. It was after the auction of sites for a hotel and a housing project that the Municipal Corporation was able to add around Rs 200 crore to its kitty.

The money was put in fixed deposits. During the approval of this year’s budget,it was pointed out that the money in fixed deposits was decreasing as some installments of the grant-in-aid were not received from the Administration.

A senior official said that the civic body generally auctions properties when there is a shortage of funds. A decision on whether an auction is required to be held would be taken soon.

A few years ago the Municipal Corporation had auctioned land in Manimajra where the Uppal Marble Arch has now been constructed. More than 160 luxury apartments have been built over an area of around 5 acres.

The other proposals of the civic body for developing different pockets of Manimajra are yet to take off. While detailed plans have been prepared for some pockets,no further progress has been witnessed.

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